The beneficiary of a detailed, concours-level restoration that included many authentic German components, this awesome Deluxe is about as close to “ultimate” as a classic can get. That rebuild, conducted by KAO Auto Styling of Las Vegas, Nevada, began with a solid body that was completely stripped, mounted to a rotisserie and worked for countless hours. Once those panels were super tight and exceptionally straight, smooth Pearl White and Mouse Gray 2-stage was rubbed to a mirror-like shine. And the end result is one extremely nostalgic collectable that exhibits classy, era-correct aesthetics. Like its Beetle brethren, the Transporter is powered by an air-cooled, rear-mounted 4-cylinder that makes noise and fumes nearly non-existent for front passengers. Raise the hatch and you’ll find a balanced and rebuilt boxer motor that clocks in at exactly 1,500 cubic centimeters. While modest, that upgraded powerplant is perfectly capable of maintaining safe highway speeds as it frequently achieves almost 30 MPG on stoplight-free, cross-country treks. Since Type 1 Beetle pans proved too weak for the Type 2 Transporter, Volkswagen engineered a new ladder chassis with unit-body construction. At the front of the bus, rebuilt drum brakes sit at the edges of a completely rebuilt independent suspension. At the back of the bus, a professionally rebuilt Benco 4-speed hangs between new exhaust manifolds and two more rebuilt drums. And power meets the pavement through 15-inch painted steel wheels, which spin 165R15 Coker Classic whitewalls around “VW” stamped hubcaps. This stunning, 23-window Microbus is a fully restored, fully sorted classic that’s poised for many years of fun and appreciation.
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