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Move Forces Sale: 1966 VW Type 2 Pickup


As we all know, old VW Buses are becoming the cheaper but equally bubble-worthy siblings to the Porsche 356s. Although the early multi-window vans are the darling of the air-cooled world, variants like this 1966 Type 2 Pickup here on eBay are also quite desirable to the VW faithful. Sold with a fried motor and a few other issues, a pending re-location has forced the seller to admit with some level of haste that he’s not going to bring this one back.


I’d hate to be in a position where I felt like I had no choice but to sell a project, but in some ways, a rushed decision may make it easier to let go of a vehicle that’s just collecting dust. This VW pickup project looks fairly clean in the photos, but it will still need a fair amount of re-conditioning in addition to the aforementioned engine woes. Rust is also likely a problem, given the sale will include replacement metal (the quantity of which is not disclosed, so we don’t know how bad it is).


One thing is for sure: these were super handy vehicles. In addition to the bed storage, they came with lift-up panels for under-bed storage. When we think about how truck manufacturers today promote features like in-bed toolboxes and other gimmicks, it’s amazing to think that a pickup truck made in Germany in the 1960s already had innovations like extra storage compartments built into the design. No wonder they were a commercial success. For this VW to be complete, you will need to source a replacement tailgate and perform some repairs to the side-bed gate hinges.


As per the good news, this Type 2 appears unmodified or rat-rodded. The transmission and clutch work well, as does the steering. Glass is intact and mostly good, and the original hubcaps are a bonus. The listed opening bid is $5,400 with no action on the auction yet; given some of the prices we’ve seen, that’s not a bad starting point. Sourcing a new motor will be a breeze and although rust repair is said to be needed, I can’t see much in the way of corrosion. I dig these pickups far more than the 21-window Buses; which air-cooled variant is your favorite?


  1. Dolphin Member

    Allow me to summarize:

    The bad:
    – motor is “fried”
    – needs “repair metal”, outriggers, etc, etc
    – seller wants $5,400

    The good
    – when asked (he had to be asked…no, wait, that should be under “The bad”) the seller said he has a clean title in his name

    The takeaway: a VW bus with a roof will do most of what this one will do, and more, like carry people in seats or stuff under a roof and out of the weather

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    • Jonesy78

      OK cool position, but a Bus isn’t a Transporter and will never offer the same functionality. And vice versus.

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  2. Rick

    That’s in better shape than most, and a good starting price, though I’ll bet his reserve is well into the teens. He’d have better luck selling on the Samba site where he has a targeted audience. Repairs aren’t difficult, just time consuming.

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  3. Rick Borstein

    $5400 is a great price for this even in this shape. I looked at one last summer that was much worse and the seller got $8500 for it. I’m in Illinois and 12 people from three states came to see it.

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  4. Jakob Shay

    Had one it was lots of fun. Paid 1500.00 for it in similar shape restored it and painted it. Sold it for close to 12000.00. Sorry I ever let her go.

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  5. Jakob Shay

    Here is the before

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