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From The Early Days Of Camping: 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus With Eriba Puck Trailer

The early 1960’s ushered in the small camper era. Along with the Scout 80 and CJ5 in America, Volkswagen was busy producing their famed Transporter vans.

The Volkswagen Transporter debuted at the 1949 Geneva Auto Show, and by the time production ended in Brazil in December 2013, more than nine million had been built. Among the most desirable of these long-lived vehicles is the first-generation “split-window” Transporter, so-named for its two-piece windshield, which was produced from 1950 until 1967 and first sold in the United States in 1952.

This one from 1963 was built in Germany and features a matching Eriba Puck trailer.

1963 VW Transporter with trailer
RM Auctions / Sotheby’s

There’s no funny business going on here. It’s got the original 50 bhp, four-cylinder engine.

VW four cylinder engine
RM Auctions / Sotheby’s

You might have to brush up on your shifting skills, with the standard four-speed manual transmission.

Front of VW Transporter
RM Auctions / Sotheby’s
Seating area in VW Type 2
RM Auctions / Sotheby’s

Matching luggage.

Matching luggage
RM Auctions / Sotheby’s
Bobble head
RM Auctions / Sotheby’s

Look at that vintage hitch.

Hitch
RM Auctions / Sotheby’s

You wouldn’t want to be pulling this in high winds.

Close up of hitch
RM Auctions / Sotheby’s

The auction ad says the 1967 Eriba Puck camping trailer is one of only five remaining.

Inside Eriba Puck trailer
RM Auctions / Sotheby’s

A previous owner spent $11,000 renovating the nearly 50-year-old camper, designed specifically for the Microbus.

Camper dinette
RM Auctions / Sotheby’s

The combo sold at auction for $159,500.

VW Transporter with Eriba Puck
RM Auctions / Sotheby’s

Accompanied by extensive sales literature, ownership documents, and service and restoration records, this is the ultimate original Microbus package.

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