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February 16th, 2007

Time Warp: 1973 VW Van With Only 33 Kilometers Offered in Auction

VW Transporter With 33 KM

I will make no apologies for admitting that some of my favorite vintage automobiles are among the most humble. The VW Transporter Van is one of those. I've never owned one but have an indirect connection through a former racing buddy, Ben Pon Jr., whose father was the Dutch Volkswagen distributor that sketched the original concept and handed it to VW management with the Recommendation that such a vehicle, based on the Beetle, would be a commercial success. VW Canada loaned me an "office van" as a mobile platform for Wheelspin, a TV show in which I was host, so I'm familiar with the fun (and it is fun) of driving a Transporter.

What brings this to mind is a tip from Nigel Matthews about a 1973 Volkswagen Type2 (the official designation) with less than 33 km (about 20 miles) on the clock being auctioned by Coy's in London's Royal Horticultural Hall on February 27. The panel van was one of two bought by a Finnish Farmer in July 1974 with the idea that when one was no longer serviceable he would use the other one. He never did! It is in absolutely showroom condition and is estimated to sell for $23,500 to $31,000.

by Philip Powell | Posted in Vintage Vans | 2 Comments » |


Comment by mark
  • looks really great! don’t know how it feels driving it (and will never tell:) still think with all my love for classics that design is a bit out of date. it won’t suit everywhere as it is. just adore reading such articles though! have seen lots of them at but this one won’t leave me untouched! thanks a lot!

    August 8, 2009 @ 10:33 am
  • Comment by valoriepandak
  • i have pretty 73 bug in great shape where can i sell it.Im original owner.

    January 31, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
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