Lizzie Pope
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Prepare to be tempted by this stunningly restored 1967 VW camper van that's off to auction later this month – and then maybe wince at the estimated price!

With the sun shining and summer just around the corner, the appeal of the touring lifestyle is arguably at its peak.

And a slice of classic VW camper van history could be yours to take on the open road, as this restored ’van goes under the hammer in a few weeks.

It is set to be sold at the Bonhams auction on Friday 30 June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (which runs between Thursday 29 June and Sunday 2 July).

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The subject of an exhaustive restoration, this 1967 T1 split-screen VW camper van was bought by current owner Steve Quinn in 2008.

At that point, it didn’t even have an engine! This Volkswagen camper was in serious need of some TLC.

Now, thanks to an extensive restoration, its next owner will benefit from this ’van’s classic style and head-turning looks, blended with some neatly integrated, 21st-century extras.

Under the bonnet of this left-hand drive camper is a new, 2.0-litre, 100bhp engine that has covered just 1800 miles since its installation.

Outside it looks the part, thanks to its good-as-new white over blue paint job, and gleaming chromework and wheels.

A classic, 21st-century VW camper van

Inside, this camper seems to meet the same high standards, pale upholstery and attractive curtains combining for a classic look with a modern twist.

Wood panelling has been used here, too, for the storage compartments.

It’s – perhaps surprisingly – rather tech-laden in here, too. Although it appears to have been sympathetically added, so as not to detract from the ’van’s period appeal.

There’s an Alpine surround-sound system as well as a DVD player, plus there’s an on-board internet connection – and a number of sockets, too.

One of two VWs to be sold

This charming VW camper van has been at the Windrush luxury storage facility for around five years and is now being sold to help a lucky person’s motorcaravanning dreams come true. Could it be you?

But if this camper’s eye-watering £70,000-£90,000 estimate blows your budget, there’s another in the same sale.

In fact, it is a 1970 Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus, with a £30,000-£40,000 estimate.

This, too, has been restored inside and out, from its paintwork and upholstery, to every single nut and bolt.

They’re a very special pair of camper vans.

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