1965 Volkswagen 21-Window Deluxe Micro Bus

When the boxy Volkswagen Transporter arrived on American shores in 1949, its effect and influence was immediate. Using standard Beetle components, it was easy to maintain and was one of the best ways to move small groups of people.

Dubbed the “Micro Bus,” Volkswagen’s unique Transporter survived through the decades and evolved into several different vehicles. Its combination of economy and practicality made it a hit with the flower-power generation of the 1960s.

The rarest of the Micro Buses is the 21-Window Walk-Through, shown here. It was in many ways the Cadillac of VW buses, as it was adorned with lots of trim and amenities absent on other buses. The standard configuration provided a bench front seat, but the Walk-Through was fitted with two separate front seats so the passenger could walk to the back of the bus without exiting.

This two-owner, California black-plate, 31,000-mile, rust-free Volkswagen received a no-expense-spared restoration by its previous owner. Single-stage urethane paint, completely redone brightwork, and new wide whitewalls help make this example a show winner. Running on a 12-volt electrical system and prepared for any adventure with its deluxe tool kit and spare tire, no detail was missed for either ease of operation or pleasure of ownership.

Complete with its factory sliding sunroof and a fully restored custom luggage rack, this Micro Bus is fit for any locale, be it a concours field or an afternoon at the beach. Finished in two-tone turquoise with a light gray interior, it is attractively equipped with such deluxe features as a chrome ashtray, original Sapphire push-button AM radio, coat hooks, grab rails and jail bars on the rear windows.

Jim Schrager

Jim Schrager - SCM Contributor

Jim wrote for the 356 Registry and SCM for over a decade, was a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama (the magazine of the Porsche Club of America), and wrote for Excellence and the Porsche Market Letter. He has written two popular books on vintage Porsches: Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356; and Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Early Porsche 911. He owns about 20 vintage Porsches, which he attempts to keep on the road through all kinds of weather. He is a clinical professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches a popular course on strategy. He actively races his family’s 41-foot sailboat with his two boys on Lake Michigan.

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