This is a beautiful 1966 VW Deluxe Bus for sale. If you collect Hot VWs magazines, you may get a kick out of thumbing through your 1998 magazines after checking out this listing. This 1966 Deluxe bus fills the cover of the May issue. If you're an anomoly in the VW World and don't keep everything you've ever owned you can simply check out the magazine cover and article in the pictures below. This is a great bus worthy of a feature article, but this bus has more going for it than just recognition.
If you are one who remembers the original VW Bus from back in the day, one thing that is bound to come to mind is how rediculously slow they were. My Uncle affectionately refers to the classic VW Bus as "an under horse-powered breadbox”. Well not this one!! This Deluxe VW Bus has been upgraded with a powerful engine that can keep up with and even surpass today’s traffic. Under the rear engine lid is a great running 1950cc engine. This is a 9-passenger model and every row of seating has seat belts. As you will see, the interior and exterior of this VW Bus have been refinished making this the nicest 13 window VW Deluxe Bus we have ever offered for sale.
This VW Bus hails from the dry climate of Arizona. As a result of coming from such a dry climate the bus is as rust-free as they come. The nice, solid frame looks to still have the original paint on it! (There is a bit of mud on the undercarriage in the photos.) The paint on the body is superb as you can tell from the reflection shots in the photo galleries below. There are a few paint imperfections shown in the close-up photo gallery (there are a few small chips from the passenger side seat belt flopping out) but overall the paint on this bus is amazing. The frame and floors and rockers (and everywhere else) are nice and rust-free. There isn’t much to say about the body on this bus because it’s about as nice as they come.
The interior has been refinished to a very high standard. Perhaps the most fun feature on the bus are the front safari windows. The front windshields pop out forward so the interior feels almost like the exterior! Other features include the original, hard to find full-length middle seat. From the headliner to the carpet, the interior of this VW Bus is stunning and beautiful. Even the spare tire behind the front seat has a custom-made cloth cover on it. This is one of the nicest interiors I have ever seen on a bus.There is a modern CD player mounted under the dash, and front and rear speakers deliver your favorite sounds. All of the electrical has been upgraded from 6 volts to 12 volts.
The seller was told the engine was a bored out 1835cc engine resulting in a powerful 1950cc powerplant! Original equipment for 1966 by comparison was only 1500ccs. This bus has some gusto! As the current owner puts it, “I can bounce the speedometer off 90 with no problem going down the freeway. The front suspension features a rebuilt adjustable front beam from Bus Boys. Bus Boys also supplied the rear lowering kit that does away with the gear reduction boxes in favor of a type 1 transmission. All of these improvements make for a lower center of gravity and therefore better handling. A slightly lower stance also means you won’t have to fight the wind as much as you would with typical bus. The type 1 transmission means the engine can move the bus along faster at lower RPMs. The mileage listed is what the odometer reads but the actual mileage is unknown. The mechanical components of this bus were built for driving, and this bus sure is a pleasure to drive. The brakes are all new and new tires were fitted to the stock rims only 6 months ago.
The current owner has driven this Deluxe Microbus all over the country since he purchased it in 2005. It made the drive up from Arizona to Minnesota when it was first purchased. Since then the owner has driven it to Tennessee, Ohio, Iowa, and other States on various road trips. This is a bus you can jump in and drive anywhere while looking great and have fun doing it!
The current owner, in his own words, has “been very anal with preventative maintenance. And no major repairs have been needed.” Since this bus has been mostly hassle free, the seller has been able to spend his money on fun additions for the bus like a matching front bra and new tires.
This bus is practical (VW Bus’ly speaking, i.e. it has seat belts and an upgraded 12 Volt electrical system), it’s fun (it has front safari windows, a great sound-system with CD player, and a zippy engine), and it’s enjoyable (no further explanation needed ;-). Just getting a glimpse of this classic VW Bus is enough to put a smile on people’s faces. The values of these split-window buses have risen steadily over the years. This is an asset you can enjoy for years to come and still have a good shot at getting all of your money back or more when it comes time to sell.
Please look through all of the pages of the two photo galleries below (the close-up gallery has more than one page), enjoy the videos, and after that feel free to call with any questions or to reserve this VW Deluxe Bus for sale for your collection! –John Snell
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