Handy Van: 1961 Volkswagen Type 2 Transporter Panel Van – $35,000

Nov 2019 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

If you’re looking for a cool vintage van to have people remember your business and you’re in no hurry to get to your next job site, you may want to consider this 1961 Volkswagen Type 2 Panel Van the current caretaker listed over the weekend here on Craigslist in Toms River, New Jersey where the current caretaker is asking $35,000 for it.  Unfortunately, the seller’s expectations are not in line with the condition of his Type 2 as the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller’s current price is between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $48,700 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $30,300.  While we agree this Transporter has a nice new engine and modern front disc brakes, the rusty driver’s side floor holds this van back in our opinion.  The private seller Yanni prefers to meet prospective buyers in person, so you can call him at (732) 581-4056 to start the conversation.

Volkswagen introduced its Type 2 forward control van in 1950 and produced this first generation with only subtle changes through model year 1967. VW produced Type 2s in a variety of body styles which ranged from a windowless panel van featured here to the Kombi (a half-cargo van, half passenger van with side windows and removable rear seats) to the Samba-Bus that featured 21 windows and a cloth sunroof. Other versions included two- and four-door trucks as well as the beloved Westfalia camper version. These first generation Type 2s featured a split windshield and the smaller rear hatch and engine bay covers right through to the 1967 model year.

Price aside, we like what the current owner has done to his Type 2 to make it a usable work truck in modern times, as long as you don’t mind it not providing any kind of heat until summer returns next year.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1961 Panel Bus
Original paint
Front disc brakes
Adjustable front beam
Powerhaus 2110cc engine with 2,000 miles ran. Brand new!
Freeway flyer trans
Only rust spot is drivers side floor pan
Custom shelving and back seat
Any questions or would like to me more pictures call or text
All instruments work including magnetic rear tail light.
Looking to meet in person to sell

Do you have a VW Type 2 story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

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