1966 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Samba Bus

Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

Presented here is a 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Samba fitted with the M164 sliding-door option from new. Only available on the 21-window Deluxe Samba model during production years 1966–67, the M164 sliding-door addition represented an expensive option and consequently, not many non-commercial customers ticked this box, meaning this model represents one of the rarest Sambas in existence.

It is believed only nine other known LHD Microbus Deluxes with the M164 option survive worldwide. More interesting is the fact that, of those nine, only five are known to be “bulkhead” models, with this vehicle being one of only four in its original color combination.

Another rare option on this Samba is the Eberspacher heater. Located in the engine bay and running on petrol, this basic bolt-on extra was used to heat the van whilst it toured the Swiss Alps, which was, of course, the Samba’s original raison’d’etre.

This Samba is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from the Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen, confirming it was manufactured in Wolfsburg, Germany, on June 6, 1966, and was originally delivered to a Volkswagen dealership in Hanover.

Now resplendent in its original factory colors of Beige Grey over Titian Red, and with many of its original parts painstakingly restored and refitted, this is one of the best-presented examples of these iconic vehicles we have ever seen. The flat-four, air-cooled, 1,500-cc engine is now in health and runs well with reliable Petronix electronic ignition and twin Solex carbs.

Jeff Zurschmeide

Jeff Zurschmeide - SCM Contributor

Jeff is a lifelong automobile enthusiast with a penchant for sports and racing cars. He has raced SCCA, local circle track, and stage rally as a co-driver. He makes his living as a freelance automotive journalist and is the author of six books on automotive topics. As a rule, he practices catch-and-release fishing when it comes to collectible automobiles, trying to leave each one in better condition than he found it. Enduring passions include his MGA and Austin Mini, and his 1969 Corvette. He recently purchased a 1920 Ford Model T Touring because “you just have to have one of these once in your life.”

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