1974 Volkswagen Type II Danbury van conversion 1.6 aircooled from UK and Ireland


Something everyone should do


This isn't the sort of vehicle you ask that question about. This is better described as a labour of love. Its 31 years old at the end of the day, and its rusty, well used and the drive is dated. None of these things are what you buy a VW Type 2 for. I bought it for 775 pounds with a budget of 2k as I thought it would require a full restoration. I was right apart from it cost more like 3k to put right and was at the body shop for 6 straight months. Everything was replaced.

All in all be prepared to spend some money, this will pay me back every penny once I get to drive it around all next summer, and once I've finished you can even get good money back for them these days. A worthwhile investment I would recommend to anyone.

General Comments:

Drive is dated, but so what.

Gearbox is the non syncro mesh type, but you get used to it.

Air cooled engine picks up all right, but 60mph is max and can be suprisingly thirsty, noise is terrible. Mines is going to be converted to a modern diesel engine, kits for this are available.

Suspension is spongy a gust of wind and you'll be on your door handles.

Interior: only advice I can give is make your own, think about what you want to use the van for, and design to fit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2006

20th Sep 2006, 16:28

Where can I find out more about that diesel kit? Thanks.

1974 Volkswagen Type II Campmobile 1.8 from North America


Afordable, reliable, fun, and chicks dig it!


Windshield washer hoses leaked over electrical when pressurized- wrecked signal/hazard relay.

Surprisingly poor performance in winter (water in tank and bad after-market carburetor installed by P.O.)

General Comments:

This is a great vehicle for summer outings- from weekend getaways to cross- country tours. They are SO cheap and easy to fix. Parts are readily available and for low cost as well. Mileage in town isn't the greatest, considering the small engine, but if you aren't paying much else, but insurance on it per month, its not too bad. Cold in the winter unless it has good, intact heater boxes, pipes, insulation and seals. Rust can be a problem sometimes, depending on where the vehicle has been living for its life and how much the previous owners took care of it, but like parts, new body metal is also available for good prices as well. This was my first car, being a teenager and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2005

21st Nov 2005, 07:11

Have you actually driven this thing cross-country yet?