1963 VW Split Screen Camper RHD Subaru WRX Turbo – Brutally Fast – “Arabella”




….Sadly the time has come to sell my beloved Arabella. I have owned Aston’s, Lamborgini’s, Porsche’s and so on and I can tell you NOTHING gets adoring looks and requests for pictures like this bus does – it is simply a crowd puller. At Le Mans a few years back Arabella was parked next to a £20m DB4 GT Zagato, a 250 GT Ferrari and some other mega-exotics yet EVERYONE walking past stopped to look at Arabella and had their picture next to her. She is very special indeed. To give you a feel for this beautiful piece of art, she has Porsche brakes all round, Porsche wheels, it’s been lowered and has great handling, it has a sports exhaust, the interior is all by MadMatz. It has a retro looking digital radio with Bluetooth, USB sockets, power sockets, heating, it has a compact lift-out sink and cooker unit (which creates a significant amount of space when not in the bus), beats most modern sports cars away from the traffic lights (!!), sounds amazing with the Subaru WRX Boxer engine – but not overly dissimilar to the air cooled Volkswagen engine of its origin. The paint is in gleaming candy apple metallic with pearlescent white accents And the interior is ‘black cherry’ (dark/deep burgundy) leatherette in the front bench seat with complementing tweed in the back and seagrass matting, tailor fitted throughout on the floor. In the back there is a full width rock ‘n’ roll bed with a quality memory foam mattress (not the normal car washing sponge type rubbish), a huge space in the boot, and to make it even more practical, a detachable towbar has been fitted for those who wish to pull a trailer with all of the camping paraphernalia behind rather than filling the beautiful interior up with camping gear (see pic with trailer attached). The engine was completely rebuilt last year and serviced as were the brakes by one of Europe’s premier Volkswagen Camper/Subaru specialists Near Birmingham, ‘Fellows Speed Shop’, costing ££thousands. It has traveled less than 380 miles since and spends its life dry-garaged. It was delivered new 1963 to a well-known explorer in the United States who wanted it built as right-hand drive, as it still is today, so that he could tour Africa in it and, his tour forms part of the documented history of this bus as well as the original bill of sale and numerous original documents within a lever arch file. It has also been in a magazine, and was a star podium bus at the largest Volkswagen show in Europe two years ago, Volksworld. Sadly the original owner passed away in a kayaking accident several years ago and it has changed hands just a couple of times since, during which time it has had fortunes thrown at it. I bought it several years ago when my youngest son was only seven years old and had the van completely renovated inside with a view to taking both my children camping but as the old adage goes, ‘they grow so quickly’. My eldest son is now 13 and getting close to 6ft tall and less into camping with dad. As is often with these buses, being completely open, honest and ‘super-critical’, there are one or two very small tucked-away patches bubbling which could easily be dealt with but nothing major at all – the underneath (often an Achilles heel on these) is totally solid and has been reinforced to take the extra power. There is an engine lid hinge which does need some attention – but that’s about it; I’m at that point where I could spend a few hundred pounds just to bring it back up to cosmetic perfection or let someone else get hugely excited about it as did I and really get some fabulous use out of it now that mechanically it really is great. This is probably one of the few genuine RHD ones like it in the entire world (certainly one of the quickest and the certainly amongst the coolest!) especially with such a low ownership and a huge and very interesting history file. I’m in no hurry at all to sell as I would like Arabella to go to a good home and obviously for the right money. If you are interested and have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I would welcome any inspections at all – although if it’s raining I don’t let Arabella out of her garage!

This VW Camper Van is available from eBay UK, the price at time of listing was £56995.00, this VW Camper Van may have already sold, please check eBay for further details

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