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1963 VW Splitscreen 15 Window Deluxe Turkis Green Turn on always show all large photos     Ad id: 2512806
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1963 VW Splitscreen 15 Window Deluxe Turkis Green   Price: 32,000
The 15 Window Deluxe Split Screen is seen by many as one of the ultimate VW buses made. Ordered new in 1963 from VW in Charleston USA as a VW Deluxe Samba, specced without the roof windows or sunroof. The 15 window bus is essentially a 23 Window Samba, but with the solid roof, and therefore shares all of the deluxe attributes of a Samba, but without the hefty price tag.
It has the highly polished aluminium belt line trim, the sill trim and the bumper trim. It has the deluxe dash clock and the other chrome embellishing features such as the VW badge on the front.
Another great feature of deluxe buses such as this 15 Window is the Walk-Through front bulkhead. The majority of lower specced Split Screen buses had a complete bulkhead with 3 front seats and no ability to access the 'cargo area'. This 15 Window Deluxe has the Walk Through option, with 2 individual front seats and the ability to walk through from the front of the van into the rear passenger area. This comes in particularly handy when camping, allowing easy access to the rear bed area and stove area without having to leave the van.

Having been built in Hannover in April 1963 This is one of the last German 15 window buses built; with the highly desirable rear corner windows and narrow hatch - All features of VWs from 1952 until 1963. Not to be confused with later Brazilian buses, which were a total mish-mash of features, this bus has all of the correct late 1963 features, such as low cargo door hinges, narrow hatch, and US spec lights and indicators.

This bus has spent the majority of its life in the USA, and has benefited from the warm and dry climate - having had only minimal repairs carried out in the USA to the sills. This bus was repainted in the USA in the original colours of Turkis Green and Blue White. The paintwork is not perfect, but is presentable for a van of nearly 60 years old.

Under my ownership, the complete running gear has been replaced, and is genuinely one of the nicest driving lowered buses I've come across. It has been fitted with a 4.5" narrowed & adjustable height Transporterhaus beam, Gillybilly reconditioned dropped spindles, rose jointed track rod ends (to ensure no chassis modifications had to be made to get it this low). It has been fitted with KYB shock absorbers and drives exceptionally well, with good road holding and drivability. This front suspension has been coupled with the best Porsche pattern brakes on the market; fully vented and X-drilled CSP discs which retail at 1500 a set. Chromed and detailed 4.5x15" Fuchs style wheels were mated to these brakes along with brand new tyres.
The rear has also had a thorough going through; it has a fresh gearbox, this was replaced in May 2021, and this was installed with new Transporterhaus straight axle tubes, mated to Type-2 Detectives fully Adjustable height Spring Plates and new wheel bearings. These improvements make removing the rear wheels a lot easier, as well as allowing for the ride height of the bus to be fine tuned with ease - Easily one of the best modifications to any lowered VW. The rear drums are mated to 15x6" Deep chromed and professionally detailed Fuchs style wheels again with brand new rubber. This bus will cruise comfortably at 60mph on this setup, due to a wisely chosen gearbox and tyre selection.

The engine is a twin port, single carburettor 1600cc, 1.6l with an oil breather system. It is a strong and reliable engine that has been regularly serviced and maintained to ensure smooth running. Throughout my 2 year ownership it has never left me stranded, and has benefited from replacement fuel lines, regular oil changes, replacement plugs, points, condenser, cap and leads. Being a single carb engine, these are a doddle to keep in tune and parts are always readily available and easy to fit.

The interior features suitably trimmed green and grey door cards and seat cushions all round in very nice condition. The rear of the van is kitted out very nicely for practical camping; I've been on many holidays round Cornwall, Devon and the North Wales coast in this van and it has served me very well in that time. The rear seat doubles as a 3/4 width rock'n'roll bed which easily switches from seated to comfortable sleeping position. The cabinetry allows for lots of storage of camping essentials, and the work surfaces are fitted with a high quality 2 burner gas stove, and sink - Ideal for the self sufficient weekend away! The previous owner installed plenty of sound and heat insulation, so it is one of the quietest, nicest buses for driving and camping in; ideal for long trips away.

I bought this van 2 years ago to drive to Italy in, but sadly the pandemic cancelled those plans. If I was keeping it, I would have no qualms undertaking this journey in the bus. The reason for sale is simply that I've got too many vehicles and not enough space; having 2 split screen VW Campers I've made the decision that one has to go.

One of the best deluxe split screens available, and at a very reasonable price for such a desirable model, this bus is ready to go and can be enjoyed straight away.

Price is in GBP, car is located in UK.

At the time of writing the ad (29/11/21) the conversion rate suggests that 32000 GBP is equivalent to $42705
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