In honor of the 65th birthday of the Volkswagen bus, the Pick of the Week is a rare VW that should appeal to the legions of microbus enthusiasts.
This 1965 Volkswagen Transporter is a three-door double-cab pickup truck, with one door on the left (the driver’s) and two on the right, the back door accessing the rear seat. Double- and single-cab pickups are variations of the VW microbus.
From the photos, it looks like this truck is in great condition in sparkling blue-and-white with some custom touches, such as a lowered body and what could be Porsche 911 wheels or replicas.
It’s hard to tell the details because the dealer advertising the VW on ClassicCars.com gives only a scant description of what it is. (People, if you’re trying to sell a car, why not spend 10 extra minutes and write a complete description?)
All that the San Juan Capistrano, California, seller writes about this pickup is, “A very rare 1965 Transporter three door, restored to a nice driver, runs and drives great. Numbers matching and done in correct color.”
By “numbers matching,” one might assume that the VW has the original drivetrain from which it came from the factory. And down in the specifications, it’s noted that only 14,944 miles are showing on the odometer, which if accurate would make this a prime choice for a collector.
The asking price is right up there at $48,990, but nicely restored VW buses and pickups have been selling for high dollars for a number of years, and they make regular appearances at the top collector-car auctions. If this Transporter is all the dealer says (or doesn’t say) it is, then this probably is market price. For now.