Britain's first VW Type 2 Samba up for auction

VW Samba
Silverstone Auctions

This 1955 campervan was the first VW Type 2 Samba Microbus to be imported into Britain and since the model was never officially offered in UK showrooms, it is also believed to be the only surviving one in the country.

It is estimated to be worth between £70,000 and £75,000 and will be going under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions' Race Retro Sale which takes place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on February 21-22.

The scarlet Samba was imported by John Colborne-Barber, founder of the UK's first ever VW dealership, in November 1955 and was used by him and his family as personal transport until it was put into storage.

It was rediscovered in 1992 after 30 years in hibernation and has over the last 18 months been lovingly restored to its original condition, but with a few safety and convenience features added without affecting its appearance.

Sticklers for detail will be glad to hear that this Samba even has the correct Osokool fridge and Dudley stove, items that had to be sourced specially for the campervan and are said to be in mint condition.

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions said: "This is a fantastic piece of Volkswagen history and as such we expect a lot of interest when it comes up for auction. These vehicles are hugely popular around the globe and collectors are now paying some incredibly sums for them."

The winner of the auction will also receive a personal letter from the son of Mr Colborne-Barber regarding the bus as well as certificate of authenticity from the Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

1955 VW Samba Microbus

1955 VW Samba Microbus

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