15k Flash: 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 Shorty Truck

The Volkswagen Type 2 was sold around the world as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus.  Today, the Type 2 is a cult classic and original versions can fetch some serious bucks at a Barrett-Jackson style auction, but that didn’t stop any number of customizers from creating crazy versions of the Type 2 back when you could buy one for the cost of a new pair of Air Jordans.  Find this 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 Shorty Bus for sale in Woonsocket, RI, currently bidding for $8,000 reserve-not-met with a little less than 2 days to go (interesting note: this same truck failed to meet reserve last week at just about $15k, so the seller may have unrealistic expectations baked into his reserve price.)

Is it a good sign when all of the photos show the car on movable dollies…?

Wind toy here? 

The engine looks to have some serious level of performance and bling – but the claimed 330 horsepower seems frankly incredible, as in not credible, as in…grossly exaggerated, considering the displacement is 2180cc or 2.2L, which would put this pushrod two-valve flat four at 150 hp/liter, a higher specific output than a current unrestricted NASCAR V8. We are highly suspicious – this type of power could be possible with a turbocharger on a 2.2L Volkswagen, but this one is naturally aspirated. Even if this engine makes less than 200 hp it would be more than enough in this short chassis and should make the wheelie bars extremely useful. Why sellers feel the need to make wild guesses on power output is beyond us; which brings us to the DT pearl of wisdom for the day: If the engine hasn’t been on a dyno, don’t make any unsubstantiated wild ass power claims!

Overall this Type II looks wicked and has lots of money dumped into it ($60k according to seller)…but that doesn’t mean someone else is willing to shell out the same amount of money. This might be an entertaining ride but it’s also a lesson in what not to do with your classic aircooled VW. We hope that the seller understands that customizing cars is about as profitable as running a soup kitchen in the San Francisco Tenderloin. 

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