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1967 13 Window Deluxe Patina Princess/Daily Driver   Price: $39000
Do you dream about finding an unmolested 50+ year old bus that you can drive without worry right now? Your dream has come true. Do you want to restore a bus, but you don't have metal, painting or mechanical skills? This is the bus for you - put your soft skills to work on the interior and you can have a bus that others will covet.

Huge gallery of images available at https://imgur.com/a/7pkTYee

My 1967 German 13 Window Deluxe is one of the best examples of a Time Capsule or Patina Princess you are likely to ever find. She starts, drives (and stops!) strong. She reaches highway speeds and cruises at 65 without complaint. This is my "daily driver", even though I don't have to drive daily. I can drive her for hundreds of miles without concern. She starts up and hums along like a top. I regularly get random folks screaming at me as I drive by imploring me to not paint it. I've gotten unsolicited offers at gas stations, rest stops, grocery parking lots, etc.

Please note, the photos here are as I got her last year. Will share updated photos in an exterior album next week.

There is NO Bondo - all original metal in amazing condition. There is surface rust in some creases and around some hinges as you'll see in the photos. The battery tray is where you'll see the worst of the surface rust, but the metal remains solid. The rear passenger corner has some wrinkles due to a careless previous owner and his attempt to push out the dent he put into it. It's not bad, but worth noting. There are pinholes where scoops were removed from the air intake vents on each side. A couple of dings, a couple of scratches and of course you can see that the paint has been eaten by the sun - but oh, it's got charm beyond belief.

The interior remains mostly original. The upholstery has been replaced about 20 years ago and needs it again, the front cabin door panels pictured here are not worth saving, they are incredibly cheaply made. As a matter of fact, I took the driver side out to create a template that hasn't yet been completed.

The engine compartment details:

- Full balanced 1600cc dual port with "modern" dog house cooling tin
- About 65,000 miles on rebuilt engine
- Gene Berg achiever pulley and 1.5 quart sump
- 36 mm DRLA Dellorto carburetors
- German distributor with working dual advance (vacuum and mechanical)
- Pertronix electronic ignition module
- All cooling tin powder coated white
- Thermostat with working shutters

Interior/Exterior details:

- Original headliner (with taped "repairs")
- Original jailbars/luggage rails present
- Original door panels from bulkhead back
- Rear bench "under seat" panel is present
- Middle seat from an early bay is included. It needs to be reupholstered, but otherwise solid
- Had to replace original hinge covers as they disintegrated at my touch
- Replaced broken "knob style" hooks in rear passenger area
- Oringal pop out hinges present, solid and in working order
- Replaced missing cargo door straps
- Minimal surface rust in the usual places. This bus has been in the desert for decades
- All original glass (including driver pane which has a crack in it)
- Grey standing mats under front seats have been replaced
- Cargo area and front floor mat have been replaced
- The rear cargo deck has been cleaned of adhesive and tar strips
- Door seals have all been replaced
- Have remaining seals/rubber (windows, lights, bumpers, green beltline insert, etc), just haven't replaced (worth well over $800)
- Shifter has an extension, and I've replaced the knob with repro of original style button knob
- Original round mirrors in place, but I have a pair of elephant ear mirrors I can include
- Original roof rack (in need of repair) included
- Custom crafted platform for full-size mattress that accommodates a bicycle in the cargo section - nifty for short camping trips
- Front turn indicators have been replaced
- Have spare replacement interior parts including rear arm rests, pull bars, etc)
- New Tires
- Factory original 12 volt system

A local air-cooled specialist garage has been caring for her since I bought her. I have all the receipts. A total of about $2k in work including:

- An initial once-over/major tune-up/lubing, etc when I bought her
- Regular oil changes
- Replaced the speedo cable
- Rebuilt carbs
- Repacked bearings
- Adjusted brakes
- Repaired (or was it replaced? - I'll have to check) both axle boots
- Replaced fuel line
- New spark plugs

The story: I had been planning to buy a bus to completely remodel to my liking, but then I found this one that needed nothing (except new tires) to start enjoying and I couldn't not get it. But now, we're making some big life changes and I'm faced with either putting her into storage (such a sad fate for a great running bus) or selling her. Honestly, I'm not sure which will make me sadder. So, if there is someone else out there who can see how special this bus is I'll let her go onto her next adventure. If not, I guess she'll go into storage. Get in touch, let me know if you have questions.
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