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Classic VWs at Charterhouse sale

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A VOLKSWAGEN Camper is one of three classic VWs in the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 4th November at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

“The VW bay-window camper van has to be one of the most recognisable camper vans ever made,” says Matthew Whitney, vehicle specialist at the Sherborne-based auction house.

“The camper we have been instructed to sell has had many thousands of pounds spent on it recently and is now presented in a great condition. Finished in the classic colour combination of white and orange, it will hopefully be bought and enjoyed for many years by its new owner.”

The Charterhouse VW camper was professionally converted by Westfalia, who have been producing VW-recognised conversions since 1951. It is also fitted with an unusual buddy seat. Estimated at £9,000 to £11,000, it has the added benefit of being tax exempt.

It is not the only rear-engined classic VW in the auction – there are also two Beetles. First up is a rare 1961 model. This left-hand-drive Beetle was registered in the UK in 1971, but has been in storage since 1979. Beetles of this period in original condition have become increasingly rare and this one, requiring some re-commissioning, is estimated at £1,800-£2,000.

But perhaps the most sought-after Beetle is the 1303 Karmann convertible and Charterhouse has one of these rare bugs also in the auction. Registered in 1978, it was imported from Germany in 1990 and it is believed to have only travelled only 38,000km from new. Finished in white with a black roof, this is estimated at £6,500-£7,500.

Viewing for this auction of classic and vintage cars is on Saturday 3rd November at The Royal Bath & West Showground, where it is being held in conjunction with the Footman James Classic Car Show. The auction is the following day with the sale of cars stating at 1pm. Full details and all the car entries are available on www.charterhouse-auctions.co.uk



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