1966 Volkswagen Transporter
Converted by Carrozzeria Grazia of Italy in 1966 this is a one of a kind Salesflap. With the birth certificate to prove it. This is an American LHD (Left hand drive) European LHCD (Left hand cargo door), and super rare. This is an amazing example of the Carrozzeria Grazia converted bus and as far as I have found it is one of one with the sales flap going up into the roof. This comes with the original Italian commercial turn signals, the commercial vehicle red stripe, the commercial vehicle license holder, custom coach built mirrors and the coach built Carrozzeria Badges. Everything on this car is in working order and I have never had an issue with any electrical and I just had my mechanic do a once over to look at everything for a completed sale.
H/4 Cylinder-Gasoline 1.5 Liter/ 32kw (44hp)
4-speed manual transmission
Manufacture date: 6.04.1966
Delivery date: 10.04.1966
Delivered in: Bologna
Country of Origin: Italy
M403 CKD (completely knocked-down-production)
M043 Cannot be identified
LHD Delivery Van, Wing Door Left
Type/ Model 213
Paint L31 Dove Blue
Interior 83 / Mesh Gray, Fabric
There are no others like it. Notice how the flap door is actually part of the roof. You won't see that with "normal" run of the mill Westy SO-1 conversions. This is a one of one bus.
Vintage Warehouse bought this salesflap back in 2004 or so and had been using it as a daily driver / parts hauler / swap meet vehicle for 10 years.
It's gone through many changes and upgrades in that time. I have changed the motor, trans and front beam to take the bus back to original running stance and get back the Original Look and stance. This is now a bullet proof driver.
Lets start with the body. It's ORIGINAL paint. What you see is what you get but after I acquired the bus we did a Long panel repair on the Right Hand side, lower rocker repair, door bottom repair inside but not on the outside (still has original door skins) and lower cargo door repair. The rust was not that bad but caused the body do flex so it needed to be done to preserve the vehicle. When I purchased this bus in late 2019 I made the decision to not touch any of the original paint except these areas. I found Italian coins that were in the door panels when we took it all apart.
The only "work" is around the flap from when the conversion was done back in 1966. Recent paint only on those areas and minimal blending, no hidden bondo. 100% German except for the few Klassic Fab pieces that needed replacing!!
When purchased in 2004, Vintage warehouse said that they found the rear apron and rear hatch were not original paint. After years of searching he was able to find replacements that were. Not an easy task!!
It does have it's flaws if you don’t love a few scratches and usual marks from being a bus with this history. This is a rare Italian Sales flap bus conversion, American LHD, European Left hand cargo area, and a coachbuilt sales flap that has an uncut dash, original speedo (77581 KM) the seats and panels have been replaced and the rear cargo area is empty but you can tell that it was used to transport boxes for some sort of laundry or dry cleaning business.
Interior wise it has been changed a bit, but nothing that jumps out at you.
Seats are covered in "salt and pepper" mesh grey and grey vinyl, as are the door panels and kick panels.
The original cab divider and headliner panels (not installed) are the factory grey color.
The rear cargo area is in original worn grey paint. Nothing fancy there, but original. The areas that I had repaired are in primer gray to protect them but have not been color matched to the cargo interior color yet. All windows have the original rubber and even though it shows its age it is amazing that it it is almost all original and I even have the old door gasket that came out during the rust repair if you wanted to install it back in.
The salesflap had no supports when purchased in 2004.
For years we used loose rods (as seen in some pictures) when it was decided that probably wasn't the safest thing Vintage Warehouse had a set of stock like folding supports made and installed. No more chance of the flap accidentally falling on someone. This works amazing.
The suspension is now all original front beam that was rebuilt some time ago. The trans is an orignal 66 bus trans with gear reduction boxes and a taller 4 gear for easy driving at 70mph. This is an amazing smooth riding bus. I get compliments on the ride from everyone that sits in it. Really!
Drum brakes that have all been gone through and made better to stop this bus and even better than you would ever expect.
The current engine is a total build from Vintage German Motors in Orem, UT. Dr Dave got us a perfect fit with the 1835 using case, crank and rods in rebuildable short block provided by me. EMPI Big valve heads Head upgrade valve size will require an up grade in exhaust tube size to 1 5/8"OD Extractor header exhaust system added. Crank case breather box added. Align bore case. Remove case plug to open case and tap for 3/8" full flow oil return line. Clean up oil pressure relief valve piston seating areas. Drill out flywheel end oil galley plug for full cleaning access and tap it for a 3/8" steel plug. Straighten, bead blast and machine crankshaft. Re-bush, re-size, hone and balance connecting rods. Turn fly wheel. Balance crankshaft and flywheel. Assemble engine Re-use the Engle 110 camshaft with rebuilt lifters. Install new "Thick wall" 92mm pistons and cylinders Install re-built heads ( or upgrade option to big valve heads) Pre-assemble all the tin to fit and repair it (including welding in the cylinder head tin air deflector tin pieces ) in preparation for sand blasting and powder coating. Install powder coated tin. all bolt on parts and carburetors. Install exhaust system Install flywheel and clutch Test run the engine and break in the cam and lifters on the engine stand. Re-set valves will happen following break in of the first 100 miles.
Cooling the oil is NOT a problem and the engine never starves for oil either.
I am willing to work with the new owner to make a deal that works for them.
Here are some various wheel / engine combos and asking prices.
After some push back because the price I made the bus way more original even though that is usually not my jam. This is an incredible machine.
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