1960 23 Window Deluxe RHD Split Screen Camper Van (Samba)
Body: 23-window 1959 (1960 Model Year) Split Screen
Interior: Devon-style camping interior
Engine: 2332cc with upright Porsche fan conversion
Suspension: Lowered. 4.5-inch narrowed front beam with dropped spindles and Type 3 Independent Rear Suspension
Brakes: Porsche Boxster discs front and rear
Wheel and tyres: Polished 16-inch Porsche Fuchs
When this 23-window Split Screen Camper was featured in VolksWorld magazine, they described it as “The best Bus ever” and “Possibly the finest custom Samba in the world.” That’s a bold claim, but one that’s easily backed up when you cast an eye over this truly stunning machine.
This split screen camper was originally built in 1959, restored, and then on the cover of VolksWorld in 2007. Since then the camper van has been meticulously maintained and is as fresh now as they day it was built. Which is testament to the quality of workmanship that went into it.
Right-hand drive 23-window Deluxes don’t exactly grow on trees, and this super desirable Samba was in a bad way when it was brought into the country.
No stone was left unturned in the restoration process and six months were invested in the rust repair and prep to get it ready for paint. Any flaws would immediately show up in the Harvest Moon Beige and Texas Brown paint and the bodywork here is arrow straight.
The previous owner was just as meticulous when it came to the running gear. Rather than buy anything off the peg, he custom-built everything to his own exacting standards. He designed his own 4.5-inch narrowed front beam, devised his own disc brakes utilizing Boxster four-pot callipers and a 944 master cylinder and then built a 2332cc engine to enjoy cruising at modern speeds.
Inside, you’ll find a modern take on the classic Devon camper van interior, with fat biscuit tweed upholstery and German square weave carpets throughout. Plus, a whole host of cool accessories and a huge stereo system.
We’ll finish off with one last quote from the VolksWorld feature; “As good as it gets”.