’71 Bay Window Camper
Body: Left-hand drive early Bay
Interior: Day van / camper
Engine: 1600 with twin Weber carbs
Suspension: Lowered. 4-inch narrowed front beam with dropped spindles and adjustable rear spring plates
Brakes: Porsche discs
Wheel and tyres: Porsche Design 90 alloys
In a world where there are so many cool Bay Windows hitting the streets, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd, but a slightly left-of-field wheel choice can make all the difference.
Sure, there are thousands of Buses out there rolling on Porsche alloys, but those rolling on Design 90s are few and far between.
Design 90s were originally a 1980s Porsche 944S / Turbo wheel, but look right at home on this early ’70s Sierra Yellow early Bay.
Originally built in 1971, this US import has recently reworked to accept Porsche hubs and axles to run the restored and repainted Porsche rims.
It also sports Porsche 944 front brakes, refurbished rear brakes, a new servo and master cylinder. And of course, a 4-inch narrowed beam, chassis notches and adjustable rear spring plates for a vastly improved stance.
The engine received just as much attention, so you’ll find a one-way in-line fuel valve, an oil breather kit, twin Webers, new fuel lines, new fuel pump and an alternator conversion.
The interior is perfect for someone who doesn’t feel the need to lug everything, including a kitchen sink around with them.
A full-width rock ’n’ roll bed with plenty of sound deadening, upholstery, door panels and headlining make this an ideal occasional Camper and cool cruiser for any occasion.
You could easily swap the wheels for a set of Fuchs, but where’s the fun in being the same as everyone else?