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Designed by Dutch Volkswagen distributor Ben Pon and based on Volkswagen’s original Type 1 “Beetle” Sedan, the Type 2 Transporter van debuted at Geneva in 1949. While intended as a practical cargo hauler, the Transporter’s effect and influence were immediate and far-reaching worldwide. Easy and economical to maintain and operate, as was the Beetle before it, the Transporter’s rugged, air-cooled engine required no coolant or radiators, and its miserly fuel consumption greatly reduced operating costs. Ideally suited to a multitude of family, commercial, and military uses, the Transporter quickly gathered a worldwide following. From its first appearance on American shores, the boxy Transporter was a revelation, with truly nothing like it available from any domestic manufacturer.
Volkswagen’s Transporter soon evolved into several variants including pickup trucks, the dual-purpose cargo- and people-hauling Kombi, and a wide variety of camper variants, beginning with Westfalia-modified examples from as early as 1949, with those vehicles alternatively known as “Campmobiles.” Volkwagen’s pickup trucks, whether in single- or double-cab form, featured sturdy construction with fold-down cargo-bed walls, making them incredibly easy to load and unload. Production of the first-generation Transporter continued through 1967 and today, they continue to enjoy a cult-like following as 1960s counterculture icons with enduring avant-garde flair.
The recipient of a detailed restoration, this 1964 Volkswagen Double-Cab pickup truck features top-quality BASF Glasurit exterior paint in striking factory-specification Pearl White, very nicely complemented by a new interior trimmed in Grey. During the restoration, any body rust that was found was removed and replaced with welded metal panels. Performance is enhanced with a factory-replacement 1,600 cc single-port engine mated to a new off-the-shelf gearbox. Other restoration highlights include all new gauges, seals, electrical, and brakes. An above-cab cargo rack and canvas cargo-bed cover add outstanding period flair. A highly desirable California-based example, completely restored to highly original form, this 1964 VW Double-Cab is sure to provide immense enjoyment and whether carrying cargo, cruising the beach, or being shown, it is sure to draw admiration and interest everywhere you travel with it!