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News Mint 23-Window 1961 Volkswagen Microbus Heads to Auction

Mint 23-Window 1961 Volkswagen Microbus Heads to Auction

Also called the Samba, this restored beauty could fetch well over $100K.


  • The first-generation Volkswagen Microbus was produced from 1949 to 1967.

  • This restored 23-window Microbus is one of the most desirable and valuable configurations.

  • The mint VW Bus will hit the auction block this fall with no reserve price.


The Volkswagen Microbus is one of the German brand’s iconic models, right up there with the famous Beetle. It quickly gained a cult following in the 1960s and well-preserved examples have become extremely valuable machines—no matter the configuration.

23-Window 1961 Volkswagen Microbus | Photo: Barrett-Jackson

The Microbus hit the market way back in 1949 and this first-generation model was produced up until 1967. It was also available in various body styles, including a pickup and a panel van, which carried names like Type 2, Kombi and Transporter. However, the bus is the road tripper’s choice and was offered with a varying number of windows, and this mint, 23-window example is about the hit the auction block at Barrett-Jackson’s Fall 2020 event at Westworld of Scottsdale, Arizona.

And when we say mint, we’re not just talking about its overall condition, but its green and white two-tone paint job, too. It also rides on thick whitewall tires and white-painted wheels with chrome caps. This bus has reportedly been well-maintained and kept in collections since it was restored, and it’s being driven regularly to keep it in shape.

23-Window 1961 Volkswagen Microbus | Photo: Barrett-Jackson

The 23-window Volkswagen Microbus, also known as the Samba in certain parts of the world and the Sunroof Deluxe in others, received an engine and transmission upgrade to make cross-country travelling more bearable. The standard-issue 1.2L flat-four mill, which produced about 40 horsepower at the time, has been replaced by a 1.5L engine, matched to a four-speed manual transmission. The vehicle’s electrical system was also upgraded to 12 volts.

23-Window 1961 Volkswagen Microbus | Photo: Barrett-Jackson

Obviously, the 23 windows bring in a ridiculous amount of light, and the fabric top can be opened for open-air motoring. The interior is dressed up with a mix of minty fresh green, medium green and white.

The Volkswagen Microbus will soon be auctioned at no reserve, although we’re pretty sure setting a basement going price isn’t necessary. According to Hagerty, a model like this in “excellent” condition is worth a little over $100K, and an example in “concours” condition can fetch close to $200K.

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