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Volkswagen Westfalia Campers

Between 1951 and August 1958, approximately 1,000 Camper Box conversions were made by Westfalia, the official Volkswagen Camper conversion coachbuilder. In August 1958, the SO models were introduced. The SO is short for German: Sonderausführung, meaning Special Model.

Westfalia special models included the SO-23; the SO-34, SO-35, SO-33, SO-42, SO-44 and SO-45.

Volkswagen Campers were available from Volkswagen dealers worldwide and were also delivered via the Tourist Delivery Program — whereby a customer would pick up their new van in Germany, drive it in Europe – when VW would then transport it home. Many Volkswagen campers were purchased by USA Servicemen and brought back to the USA in the 1950s and 1960s

*Type2Resto is not responsible for curtains in this picture.

Thilo is my bus. When I bought it, it was basically gutted.

thilo Thilo is my bus. When I bought it, it was basically gutted. The interior was simply an improvised z-bed and a small piece of ratty old carpet. That was all.

I asked Type 2 Resto if they could help out with an interior rebuild. Together, we sourced a complete interior. The cabinets that I was able to purchase still had the original finish on them, and really did not appear to be salvagable to me.

As you can see from the photos, T2R was able to work wonders with the raw materials, and give all of my ratty interior a new lease on life!

Just FYI, anything you see in the photos that is not complete was by my request. Everything else was done and done!

My family and I have had hundreds of hours of enjoyment out of our Westy since it’s been re-done. We’ve been over-night camping repeatedly, and I could not be more pleased with the results!

Tucson, AZ

Thilo Restored

This is Thilo the first project Type2Resto ever took on.