1963 Volkswagen Type 2 (T1b) Camper BHW 157A

It’s only rarely that an early Volkswagen camper such as this one is spotted outside of shows nowadays, so I was lucky to see this 1963 example parked up recently on a local side street.

As the poster vehicle for the hippie movement, the Type 2 (named because it was second after Volkswagen’s Type 1 – the Beetle) still remains one of the most recognisable vehicles ever designed.

Despite this being a first-generation T2 camper, the fact this example was made in 1963 makes it retrospectively designated as a Type 2 (T1b) amongst VW people. The design was tweaked slightly from the original which debuted in 1950 but still retained its signature split-windscreen.

‘Paul’ or BHW 157A is a left-hand drive example with plenty of patina on what appears to be a really solid shell. Amusingly, Paul has refused to grow old gracefully and sports two exhaust pipes where his rear bumper would once have mounted.

  • BHW 157A 1963 Volkswagen T2 (T1b) Camper van
  • BHW 157A 1963 Volkswagen T2 (T1b) Camper side
  • BHW 157A 1963 Volkswagen T2 (T1b) Camper van rear
  • BHW 157A 1963 Volkswagen T2 (T1b) Camper van rear
  • BHW 157A is a 1963 Volkswagen T2 (T1b) Camper spotted parked on the streets of Bristol.
  • BHW 157A 1963 Volkswagen T2 (T1b) Camper wheel
Registration Number:BHW 157A
Make:Volkswagen
Model:Type 2 (T1b)
First registered (UK):31 December 1963
Location:Bristol

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Oli Woodman

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