1972 VW TIN-TOP
DANBURY MICROBUS CONVERSION
This RHD Danbury Microbus conversion is a brilliant example of a well-used, well-loved family camper van that has seen lot of life and been on many an adventure. It's only because it's current owners' children have grown up and it's now not being used that they've very reluctantly decided to sell, and let another family take it on even more adventures.
It has its faults - a lot of buses of this age do - but it's 100% reliable, starts first time, every time, and has NEVER let its owner down. So let's go into a bit more detail and tell you about the good, the bad and the ugly.
It was built in Germany in 1972 and then shipped to the UK as a right hand drive bus. It's painted in Sierra Yellow with a Pastel White roof. It has a cooker, sink, night light, hanging rail, top cupboard, split charge system with a huge leisure battery. It has an iPod and CD connection and two rear seat belts for those with children. As a Danbury conversion it can seat 7 adults for travel and 5 for dining, although 4 is more comfortable and the front seats are always available.
It can sleep 2 adults and 1 child in the front Westy bunk. The sliding rails on the middle seats have been changed so that they can be lifted out, this then means you can use the van to transport large items if you need to.
The 1700cc Type 4 engine was replaced with a 2000cc with twin weber carbs, which was set up on a rolling-road and pulls along at a fair lick whilst at the same time delivering a better fuel economy than the standard engine. The gearbox has been rebuilt and only done 1,000 miles. It has front CSP suspension adjusters and is slightly lowered.
The owner completely remade the interior using the original as a pattern and the cushions have only been slept on with sleeping bags.
On the ugly side, it's a van that has been repaired over the years rather than fully restored. There are scratches here and there - it's lived a long active life remember - and there are a few rust bubbles to one rear quarter, under the mat at the front, on the passenger door and the left hand battery tray. The sliding door is a bit of a poor fit at the bottom but it works fine and the repair panels will be supplied if the new owner wants them. The passenger door isn't a perfect fit either.
It passed it's MOT with the only advisories being perished rubber boots on the front ball joint and track rod ends. It comes with a file full of original sales brochures, the Driver's Handbook and a COA from the VW Museum. One key fits all doors and the ignition and there is a spare too.
So like we said, it's a well-used van with a few points that need addressing, but it's 100% reliable and well worth coming in for a viewing.