Car & Classic has announced that a “very rare” 1957 Volkswagen Microbus Deluxe Samba is currently up for auction. The folks over at the online auction company say the 23-window model was only lightly restored.

Microbus

The US-spec Microbus was sold new in the USA and dry-stored for over three decades. The left-hand-drive example was then shipped to the UK, where it has undergone light restoration. Most of it was left in its original state. 

Car & Classic says the interior is mostly untouched. The 65-year-old Microbus features the original floormats from when it left the factory. It rides on steel wheels wrapped in whitewall cross-ply tyres. 

The 1.2-litre engine, rebuilt to period specification, is not the motor it initially shipped with. However, the original transmission is still present. 

Microbus

“As it is so often the case, Car & Classic’s auction platform was chosen to offer yet another unusual classic vehicle, close to the heart of many British enthusiasts and collectors,” said Car & Classic head of editorial Chris Pollitt. “At a time when Volkswagen has just announced the launch of its 2022 ID. Buzz microbus propelled by the (nowadays) ubiquitous electric power, if you want to experience the real thing, it may be hard to choose between the modern, retro design and this 1957 Samba, which is increasing in value, desirability and rarity.”

Microbus