Marine & RVs

This Is A Vintage VW Camper Like You’ve Never Seen: For Sale!

VW camper vans with the Westphalia conversion have been around forever. But, have you ever seen a VW camper van like this? It almost looks like the camper is swallowing the VW. These campers were made by PaCoMobil in Mexico City, Mexico. That may be why we’ve never seen one. That, and there were only 50 ever made. And this one is for sale!

Looking mostly original and in great shape, the 1974 camper is selling with no reserve on Bring A Trailer right now. The current bid seems to be stuck at $10,000. The bidding ends this Friday. 

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Inside the VW camper conversion, it is partially finished

Inside the T2 Transporter conversion, there is a partially finished camper with a sink, tiled backsplash, U-shaped seating with a center table, a Hisense refrigerator, a lavatory, and even a chandelier. In the driver’s area, there is beige upholstery with cloth inserts. Beige carpeting and black rubber floors are featured throughout.

Stairs of laminate flooring lead up to the central seating area that includes a table. There are cabinets and storage drawers, a wine rack, a range hood, but no cooktop is shown. The sleeping area above the driver’s area is also unfinished. 

On the VW’s dash is a monitor for the backup camera

On the dash is a monitor for the backup camera. The dash is missing both the factory radio and glove box panel but those should be easy to replace. VDO instrumentation includes a 6K rpm tach, 150 km/h speedo, and a fuel gauge. The odometer shows 91k kilometers but it is unclear whether it has rolled over or not. 

For power, the VW features the venerable 1.6-liter air-cooled flat-four-cylinder similar to those found in millions of VWs. The engine numbers match the 1974 Mexico registration. A bit of corrosion can be seen on the exhaust in the undercarriage images. 

The seller has put just under 1,000 miles on the VW camper since acquiring it

Its most recent activity has been a trip from Michoacán, Mexico, to Austin, Texas. The seller has put just under 1,000 miles on the bay-window bus since acquiring it. It is believed that only six of these PaCoMobil campers have survived. The seller has owned the snail camper for under a year. 

While the aqua and beige body panels look to be in good shape, the camper-part of the conversion has some dents and scratches on its panels. It’s also interesting to note the air intake in the lower rear quarters. It looks like the upper air vents of the transporter repositioned lower in this area. They look to be a custom feature of these conversions. 

These Type 2 transporters were already overtaxed in the power department

These Type 2 transporters were already overtaxed in the power department. With this added weight we are betting this is truly a snail. While it would kill its originality there are currently a number of kits available to convert these 2nd gen transporters to electric power. The added torque and power would make this a much more enjoyable camping vehicle. After all, if you’ve got it you might as well use it.