German blue: 1966 Volkswagen T1 Samba De Luxe


It is strange to think that these vans, mainly used in those countries where the climate was milder, were produced in the German region.


This model is the most sought after of the T1 buses, called “Samba” because of its “21 windows”, born because the occupants of the vehicle, in a trip among the Alps, could have enjoyed the panorama of the mountain peaks. In fact, this purpose was achieved but, on the contrary, the presence of those windows in hot climates made the bus as hot as a wood-fired oven.


In any case, this is the top model among the T1s and in recent years it has spit out stratospheric prices for top-level specimens but, even those that are not excellent, still have prices that are almost unreachable. The price of this specimen is instead reachable, but only because it needs a complete restoration. The seller says that it comes from Germany and that its original identification plate is still present; no news on the fact that it is or not matching numbers. Find it for sale at $37,000 (today $41,500) here in Poggibonsi, Italy.


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