The iconic 1971 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper Bus comes with six wheels
I’m looking for a new bike, which is a very underrated vehicle in my opinion. Sure, a car can take you almost anywhere in America, but for the kind of adventure I’m looking for, I’ll have to ditch the commute, and that’s where biking comes into its own. For someone with similar fantasies, this 1971 Volkswagen Westfalia motorhome with paint-matched basket bike will evoke dreams of last-mile adventures and quiet nights under the stars.
And it wouldn’t be a bad example of a Westfalia to buy, which you can do later this month when this lot comes up for auction. This ’71 has a Pioneer radio with amp and CD player, an installed cooler and kitchen sink, and it sports a rare sliding hammock in the ceiling.
The Mecum auction listing says the interior was “professionally salvaged” fairly close to its original condition, which is good news for any hip campers looking to start their own adventures. We’ve heard horror stories of people buying or renting vintage motorhomes that haven’t been maintained to, say, modern expectations, but it looks fresh enough to still be comfortable.
There is new parquet flooring throughout and vintage style curtains installed flanking the interior windows. This example also sports a newer design of the color-matched canvas top, which pops and has screens for better airflow in the cabin while camping, and it’s all the more comfortable to get up and down. move when the van is parked.
The yellow and white exterior combination is a relatively new paint job dating back just six years, and the color story continues inside with matching seats, even including a small matching footstool. In the listing images, we also see a foldable table and what looks like a pair of modern wall sockets to power other devices.
The listing says this VW was purchased in California in 2013, which means it hasn’t seen many harsh winters, and the bodywork is more likely to still be in fairly good condition.
There is no reserve and no estimate given for this lot, however, the Hawkins Collection had a similar, newer model VW Westfalia a few years ago in similar condition which was estimated at $30,000 and $45,000. And he didn’t even have a bike to match the paint.
This VW has 55,000 miles on the clock, which averages around 1,000 miles of driving per year. Hopefully all of the apparent downtime was spent with someone living or camping outside of it, as intended. The camper is part of the Dallas and Ammie Hawkins collection at this month’s Indiana State Fairgrounds auction in Indianapolis, May 13-21, if you want to pick up six new wheels this month.