This VW T1 Samba Barndoor with 23 windows on offer was built in 1955 and is one of just 11 vehicles built in this year known to still exist.
It was built on 16.02.1955 and delivered on 17.02.1955 at Porsche Salzburg in Austria. Then the bus was delivered through the car dealership Retter in Innsbruck to a lady from St. Christoph in Arlberg.
Until 1990, the Samba stayed in Austria, before it went to England, where it received a new coat of paint. The bus is mostly in its original condition. The lighting, all reflectors, wheel trims and windows are all original. Even the Plexiglas Corner window is in place. The interior is in our opinion, in its original condition as well (door cardboards, rear seats).
In addition, this bus comes with the original Austrian Papers, instruction manual, repair guide, crank, 1955 VW brochure, 16 " bias ply tires and Samsonite leather suitcase and a hazard triangle. This is probably one of the most original Barndoor Sambas in the world with history back to the first delivery and original Papers.
Based on a sketch by Ben Pon from April 24 1947, the production of the VW Transporter series at the VW plant in Wolfsburg began on March 8, 1950. The special model, or Samba Microbus Deluxe, was launched in April 1951 at the IAA in Frankfurt and differed externally from the other models with its chrome hub caps, a polished VW emblem and two-colored paintwork separated by a chrome trim. The 9-seater bus had a total of 23 windows and a folding roof over the passenger area. It ran under the internal type number 24.
The first version of the VW bus is named Barndoor because of its large barn type Engine doors.