BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM BUILD! RARE SINGLE CAB! STRONG 2332cc ENGINE W/ 4 SPEED MANUAL!
Interesting, rare, and absolutely cool, this 1965 Volkswagen Type 2 Single Cab is the kind of machine that will generate a ton of interest wherever it goes. Featuring a surprisingly powerful motor, an awesome two-tone paint job, killer custom interior, and a wicked stance that even impresses the keen experts over at "The Samba" forum, this fully restored VW took 3 years to complete and is one of the coolest imports we've ever featured here at Streetside, and we're proud to have it. Take a closer look, before we change our minds and decide to keep it for ourselves.
These VW Type 2 trucks have the same cool appeal as the vans, but are a far rarer sight in the USA. After all, the President Johnson's quid pro quo Chicken Tax cut their production short for this side of the Atlantic. So, we get particularly excited when you can find one so beautiful, especially when it's been treated to a rotisserie restoration and all these killer custom touches. The slick paint job was finished in 2013, and it's obvious by the extra glow in the light green that dominates most of the laser straight sheetmetal. The upper black of this two-tone is a thoughtful application that not only draws attention to the dipping "V" in the front, but also coordinates with the interior accents. Sectioned and tucked bumpers fore and aft were painted to match the lower body, Safari windows brighten the cab, brightly polished side mirrors are at the flanks, and a shining VW emblem up front complete a well-done total package. But as good as this looks, we also love these Single Cabs for their versatility. Volkswagen was quite clever at how to stack cargo, and that's why you can take down any side of the bed for easy loading. Or you can even fold down all sides and turn your pickup into a flatbed transporter. So something this distinctive, and also still so useful, is great for everything from promoting a business to a support vehicle for you other classics. But it's all so darn nice, you'll probably only being hauling trophies from show-to-show anyway.
The exterior black and light green color combination returns inside, with a custom bench seat wrapped in a luxurious leather pattern and matching door panels that look just as cool. Just like the Type 2 Bus, these were great for giving the driver a commanding view of the road through the Safari windows (the side window glass is actually original!). Ahead of the driver is a large 3-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel, a single VDO gauge, and an easy to reach gearshift that should feel a bit familiar to Beetle fans. Up top the custom headliner is nice and taut, the black vinyl flooring below is in great shape, and the retro-style modern radio in the dash look awesome inside the beautifully painted dash. And since this is a single-cab pickup, it's one of the rare classic trucks that gives you the added utility to use the secure storage out back.
In the rear is a 2332cc air cooled, four-cylinder Penthouse aluminum motor that displaces a very respectable 200 horsepower. It's a larger displacement than what came in this era, but it comes as a welcome upgrade, because the knock on the Type 2 trucks and buses was that they were always too underpowered from the North American market. This new block solves that and then some. It has upgrades everywhere you look, including dual Weber carburetors and a performance intake that that helps this VW absolutely sing through its custom exhaust. Remember, the flat-four is the motor that brought the Beetle its global reputation for being tough-as-nails, and this one has all that reliability with a lot more much-needed power. And to have it in a pickup only adds to its utility. That's why the rest of the world has used these for everything from farm vehicles to medical transport. Plus, it's linked to a sturdy and versatile four-speed manual transmission, which allows you to get the most out of the motor. It's an unbeatable package that provides robust and fun driving. A fully adjustable transmission and disc brakes were added during the rotisserie restoration, and set the stance on those slick custom 17-inch wheels wrapped in 195/40/17 front and 215/45/17 rear performance radials.
You know these don't come up for sale too often in the USA, and this one has been beautifully restored into a custom piece that turns heads everywhere it goes. So, if you were looking for the ultimate attention-grabber at any VW event or just parked outside your business, you need to hurry to get this pickup. Call today!!!
- Front Disc Brakes
- Leather Seats
- AM/FM Radio
- Exterior Color
- Sea Green
- Interior Color
- Sea Green
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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