There is a great story behind this classic bus. I bought it from a hippie who looks just like Santa. He had stored it for the last 30 years on his land hidden deep in the forgotten hills of the New Mexico desert. He needed the bread to pay off the taxes on his beautiful land. I paid him a fair price and cleaned it up. The rest is self evident from the pics.
This is a very nice bus. The safari windows and long spoon pop out windows are rare original accessories for a '58. There is even a 6v gas heater under the seat that is complete. Also the single year deck lid and rear crank hole apron are both intact. I have the original small round glass taillights I am going to reinstall.
The military gas can is functional. The deck lid and gas door open via the original skeleton key which was found stashed inside a door behind the door panel. The little back door and window accentuate the small rounded shape. All the hubcaps are German. This is one truly amazing antique volkswagen...
The partition has a rare ambulance handle at the right of the entrance. It has a spacious open interior with no original rear seats. But it has some nice carpet to relax on and both the original rubber floor mats are intact. All the glass is genuine Sigla except one front pane which was replaced by Chris (Santa). Chris was a roofer & did some quality metal repairs 30+ years ago. I took over where he left off...
As the story goes, Chris and his wife Beth drove "Glinda" (The good witch of the East =The bus) up through Canada to the West Coast and down to San Francisco then back East across the plains to NM where they settled down in 1978. They said they push started it the entire way and it never had reverse (however Chris eventually replaced the trans) Here they bought land, hauled it 150 miles into the most rugged isolated desert wilderness imaginable & put it up on blocks for the next three decades...
It took two day long trips into the abyss and a large stack of $100 bills before I put it on wheels and was shocked to find it still rolled easily after three long decades. Any rust had long since been dried up by the extreme desert climate that preserved this machine as a time capsule. Cleaning up this bus I was consistently impressed and amazed with what I found...
The camper storm windows are not original they were installed by Chris so they could have the windows open in the rain. I pulled up the mats for you so you can see the floors are fairly solid for a 50 year old volkswagen. These buses are rare so I accept them as they are, rust, funky reapirs and all. At the price I am asking it should be a rolling shell not a turn key ready cross country hopping daily driver. I have over 1000 hours and 10K invested. However I never was in it for the money. If you are then you will just come nit pick.
The bus had been painted red when I got it. Here are the before pics. However the weather had worn off most of it already, exposing original paint below. There were several layers of post original paint jobs. I began stripping these off and found original paint. I settled on touch up painting some of the bus to match what was left of the original paint. The bus would really shine if it had a new paint job though.
I have the a clean clear title in my name. This bus was imported by the Yanase Auto Co Ltd of Tokyo Japan. The hand stamped plate reads: 1958 Volkswagen. Model: Deluxe, Engine#: 2308527, Chassis #:345609, Del Date: June - 58, Our Car-No: DVE-2402. The top of the tag is written in Japanese. There are some amazing tags and marking all over this relic. It now has brand new plates, tags, registration, and is ready to enjoy. Keep looking to see restored...
Chris and his wife sold the original motor of the bus to make rent when they hit NM. I bought two correct 1950s era vw motors and tore them down to build this one. I just drove it over the rocky mountains to Colorado Springs, Co. However it was underpowered so I upgraded to a 1600cc dual port. Also the lights were dim so I upgraded to 12volt with a new bosch alternator. I also upgraded the cluch, pressure plate, etc to a larger diameter. I also put in a new master cylinder and replaced two wheel cylinders with new front brake shoes. Then I drove it to Denver Co to the Mile High Music Festival and on to Boulder, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Cali, LA and finally sunny San Diego, arriving 7/27-09. What an adventure!
Further evidence of post war era production can be seen in the tag just to the right of the motor inside the engine compartment. It says Made in Western Germany. The tag on the right is written entirely in German. It has a hand crank start handle included!
I also have some original tools, boxes of rare correct extra parts and goodies, etc. Must see in person.
All electrical is now 12v. The brake system is working but still needs attention. The swing axle transmission was replaced to a later year and is good with all gears including reverse. Driving this bus for the first time since the 70s was an amazing and truly unforgettable experience. I popped the safaris and hit the road like mad max on a harley davidson. What a rush man!
Any rust is long dead from the bone dry NM desert climate and has now been neutralized and undercoated. For a 50 year old bus it is in pretty good condition. I once drove an old 23 window with a wooden floor that was three times as rusty cross country. This one is not bad. I just took this bus back and fouth over the sttepest mountains in the country and posted regular videos on youtube to prove it. Stay tuned for my latest. Keep on truckin'!
This is the oldest vw bus I have ever found. I consider this bus to be a piece of vw history as well as an iconic piece of US cultural history. It has a dent in the nose from when Chris was moving it into the hills that has since been worked out and repaired but could still be better. It is now fairly straight and a very rare find indeed. It took me 20 years to just to locate this dream bus. I have well over 10k into her so far. I do not want to sell her but financial stress forces quick no hassle sale. Price now greatly reduced to $4950 firm. First cash takes no holds or trades!
UPDATE: The bus has come a long way since I found her. Much time and $$$ has been invested and it shows. I am taking a loss? I don't think so. I had the time of my life and became wiser and stronger. I just drove the coolest vehicle on the road over the rockies and back then across the country to the beaches of San Diego. I am not in it for the $. Not shown is the new 1600cc dual port drivetrain just installed but I will post newer pics soon unless it's already gone. I just dropped the price to 6k to generate a quick sale so I don't expect it will last. Clear title ready to transfer to lucky new owner. Currently located in San Diego.Check out these AWESOME newer photos more recently taken:
Congradulations Jerimiah Puma
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Peace!
Special Thanks: To Jimmy aka "The Rev James D" for putting up $3000 cash to help with the initial purchase. To Andrew (and wife Janet) for driving me out into the middle of no where over and over. To Discount Auto Parts VW Graveyard on Broadway street in Albuq, NM whom without their massive inventory of dead vw parts and kind prices I would not have been able to assemble this bus. To Chris and his wife Beth whom without their adventurous spirit and profound wisdom their bus would not have been so well hidden and preserved for our destiny meeting in the land of enchantment. And finally to my beautiful family whom without their unconditional love and support none of this would be possible. They helped build this bus and put a lot of hard work in for whomever should be so lucky as to drive this rare classic vw bus into the sunset. Much love family.
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Rare '58 deluxe volkswagen split window microbus with original safari windows, wide side pop out windows, sigla glass, camper storm windows, original crank start hole, crank start handle included, roof rack, ladder, original jack, spare, large front vw emblum, vintage gas heater under front seat, small 'hella' round glass taillights, fully charged fire extinguisher, external gas can, extrernal door lock, full curtains, ambulance handle, chrome ashtrays, front bench seat, 12 volt system, turn key start, newer 1600cc dual port engine upgrade with new bosch alternator, .009 distributor, 30/31 pict carbureator, fuel pump, upgraded clutch, pressure plate, etc, working lights, horn, wiper, headlights, hi/lo beam, turn signals, brake lights, interior lights, dual amber and white fog lights, nos continental made in germany 5.60-15 tires, 15"smoothie rims, factory german hubcaps, utility side mirrors, original bilstein jack and tool kit, spare, gas church key, radio block off plate, side hanging air cleaner, four fuse fusebox with cover, made in 'west' germany id tag, original import tag intact, says it is a deluxe, imported by japan, etc.
Runs and drives great. Reliable. Simple to maintain. Gets good gas mileage. Just completed cross country trip back and fourth over the rockies from denver all the way thru to sd after being stored over 30 years in the New Mexico desert. Impossible to find in this part of the country. Lots of hard work and over 10k invested. Now my legal daily driver. Many new parts. Brakes, body, paint could still use work. Still very solid for a 50 year old vw bus. New registration, plates and tags, clean clear title in my name, in hand, ready to transfer. Currently located in San Diego and available for viewing now or anytime. Price $5k firm. You won't find a deal like this on theoverpricedsamba or peebay. If interested email owner at email@example.com
Also included/not shown: original 28 pci carbureator, original 6v distributor, 6v voltage regulator and coil, extra stock headlight switch, extra 28 pict carbureator, two extra original german chrome moon hubcaps, two extra dash ashtrays, extra bullet turn signal lens, extra external round mirror, extra stock side hanging air cleaner, vintage reverse light, extra 12v voltage regulator, extra 12v vacum adance distributor, extra gas cap, extra oil cap, new chrome muffler baffles, set of 6x9 auto speakers, extra door handles, extra stock lug and belt adjustment wrench, etc... Must take all. Will not seperate. Thank you for looking.
Click here for bus video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l4gjTrAJKI
Click here for more pics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noCKCVnRWlo
Click the link below for map to vehicle location today (Friday 8-7-09) Ill be here parked in the tall lifegaurd tower beach parking lot until 9pm. No appointment necissary just stop by.
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- SORRY JUST SOLD TO JERIMIAH PUMA OF SAN DIEGO CA -
Chris on his secret land with the magic 1958 VW Bus
Thank you for looking