1957 Type 2 Samba Microbus heads to auction at Goodwood

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Photo credit: Bonhams
A 1957 Type 2 Samba Microbus is heading to auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – with an incredible estimate of £120,000.

Having spent the majority of its life in the US, the 23-window bus was shipped to the UK in 2005, where it underwent a full restoration. Since then, it has appeared at only a handful of shows, meaning that it is in excellent condition.

The bus' 1.5-litre engine was also taken apart, cleaned and completely rebuilt before being placed back into the gleaming body shell.

The car's clutch, handbrake and throttle cables were all replaced as were the wheel bearings, meaning that this bus is ready to hit the road the moment the hammer drops.

Even the car's glass was replaced with their correct logos, while all of the bus' chrome trim was polished and reinstalled.

1957 Type 2 Samba Microbus heads to auction at Goodwood

1957 Type 2 Samba Microbus heads to auction at Goodwood


Inside, the original seat frames were sand blasted before being covered in original-colour seats. The door cars and sunroof were also custom made from West Coast Classics in California.

Given an estimate of between £80,000 and £120,000, the microbus has the potential to set a new UK auction record as the most expensive camper of its kind, with the current record set at £91,100, which occurred at last year's Goodwood festival.

A spokesperson for Bonhams said: "It remains in commensurately excellent condition, and there can be no better way in which to enjoy the Goodwood gatherings and this summer's other historic motor sports events."

The camper goes under the hammer alongside numerous other classics, including a 1936 Bentley 4 1/4 –Litre Vanden Plas style and a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta.