Britain's first VW Camper for auction

Britain's first VW Camper for auction

More cars with fascinating histories consigned into Race Retro Sale

There’s now just four weeks to go until the Race Retro Sale begins with a recently consigned a number of classic vehicles with fascinating histories into the auction which takes place on the 21st and 22nd of February at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire

1955 Volkswagen Type 2 Samba Microbus

This vehicle is the first VW Type 2 Samba imported into the UK. The right-hand drive bus, built at the original VW factory in Wolfsburg, was delivered new into the UK on the 21st November 1955 by John Colborne-Baber, the founder of the first ever VW dealership in the UK.

Colborne-Baber’s long association with Volkswagen started as a result of John being approached by former army officer George La-Haye. After the end of the Second World War, La-Haye, who was stationed in Germany, purchased three new Volkswagen Beetles, the last of which he returned to the UK with.

Colborne-Baber showed an immediate interest in the Beetle and made George an offer on a part-exchange for a Wolseley 6/80, which he accepted. Colborne-Baber was so impressed with the Beetle he’d acquired, that he then approached Volkswagen in Germany and began importing Volkswagen vehicles into the UK in 1949.

Sambas were never officially imported new into the UK, and as such ‘SGP 62’ is thought to be the only surviving example of the few Wolfsburg-built Type 2s in the country.

In 1992 ‘SGP 62’ was rediscovered in the West Country after 30 years in storage. It has been professionally restored over the last 18 months as a faithful reproduction of its condition as used by the Colborne-Baber family. ‘SGP 62’ has been restored, as much as possible, to original specification with a few additional safety and convenience features, whilst retaining its completely original appearance.

A new bespoke period-correct Devon interior, modelled on the design that was enjoyed by the Colborne family, was created by VW expert Kevin Morgan including a correct Osokool fridge and Dudley stove. These rare items were sourced specially for this bus and are in mint condition. The vehicle also comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

This is a beautiful and rare Samba Microbus, historically important in terms of its VW legacy in the UK and ready to be appreciated and enjoyed.

Estimate (£): 70,000 - 75,000

1972 BMW 3.0 CSA

The BMW E9 Coupe was one of the most handsome cars ever to roll from the Munich factory. Sleek as a shark, it had a wonderfully elegant and airy cabin with slim windscreen pillars, a large glass area and a tastefully restrained wooden dash.

Showing three owners from new this is a very special car indeed with the last two owners being of particular note. Owned for the last six years by Gaz Coombes, the front man of Supergrass, prior to his ownership it was owned by famed Hollywood actor Michael York. At time of auction the car will have just finished a detailed sympathetic restoration, which will involve respraying the car in its original Fjord Blue along with a strip down, check and refurbishment of the engine.

Presented with a fantastic history file containing photographs of Michael York with the car along with letters and documents by Michael York from his ownership, there is also a superb number invoices from the early years of the cars life. A great chance to acquire a wonderful car with tremendous history.

Estimate (£): 20,000 - 30,000

1971 Porsche 911T 2.2 Coupe

Offered here is a very original example of the sought after 911T which was first registered on March 31st 1971 in Zurich, Switzerland.

This is a beautiful, unmolested, matching numbers example, so difficult to find in this condition. The original colour was Albertblau as is documented in the Porsche certificate, this was subsequently changed to Gemini Blue. The interior is the original black leatherette with fabric inserts and the carpets original fleck grey.

It is rare to find a car in this lovely condition with a patina that restored examples simply cannot match. With 911S values at £200,000 for the very best this 911T represents value and this car is surely a great usable investment at this guide.

Estimate (£): 45,000 - 55,000

Dates for your diary...

Race Retro & Classic Car Sale - 21st and 22nd February

Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire

The Restoration Show Sale - 28th March

The NEC Birmingham

The May Sale - 23rd May

The Wing Silverstone

The Silverstone Classic Sale - 25th and 26th July

The Wing Silverstone

The Salon Privé Sale - 5th September

Blenheim Palace

The Porsche Sale - 25th October

The Wing Silverstone

The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale - 14th and 15th November

The NEC Birmingham

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