Following a thorough concours restoration some years ago, this 1962 Volkswagen Double Cab pickup remains in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. These vehicles enjoy a strong and loyal following throughout America. They have great style and quality and are practical as well. This superb example offers its next owner many miles of exciting motoring as well as a warm and enthusiastic reception wherever it goes.
Factory production records confirm that this Volkswagen Double Cab pickup was completed in 1962 and delivered to its first owner shortly thereafter. Recently this vehicle has been part of the Cars of Dreams Museum, a private collection in North Palm Beach, Florida. It has been comprehensively restored to concours standards. In 2012 this vehicle became the property of a Florida VW dealer who displayed it in his museum. This Double Cab pickup remains in exceptional condition throughout. The grey paintwork is very clean and is nicely set off with a red pinstripe. The interior is grey vinyl in nearly perfect condition, and the undercarriage and engine bay are also outstanding. This vehicle is in excellent running order and comes complete with a luggage rack and assorted luggage pieces completing the very stylish exterior. The odometer currently reads 87,475 miles.
“American culture in the 1960’s and ‘70’s catapulted the two Volkswagen products (Beatle and Microbus) from mere transportation to cultural icons.”Mark McNabb, TopSpeed.com, 2016.
When the Volkswagen Transporter first arrived on American shores in 1949, there was nothing else like it on American roads. Based on VW Beetle components, it was easy to operate and maintain. Shortly after developing the Transporter, Volkswagen realized that a pickup could also be a very popular model. Based on the same platform as the Transporter/Microbus, the original Single Cab pickup provided a single bench seat that could accommodate the driver and two passengers as well as a long pickup bed at the rear. Due to the height of the rear mounted engine, the floor of the bed sat higher than other pickups of the era. However this had the benefit of eliminating the inner fender wells protruding into the loading area. In making good use of the space beneath the floor, VW also offered optional tool box compartments with locking doors that were perfect for storing items safely and out of the weather. An additional feature unique to the VW pickup was the ability of all three sides of the bed to be unlatched and folded down. This provided a flat surface that could be loaded without having to lift cargo up and over the sides of the bed. No other pickup in North American offered this very practical design feature. Aware of the growing demand for “Crew Cab” pickups for commercial use, in 1958 VW began selling a “Double Cab” version of their pickup. This vehicle featured an extended cab that housed a second bench seat for three passengers and gave a shorter bed since the platform of the single cab was still being used. The double Cab Pickup featured the 1600cc air-cooled, horizontally opposed OHV four-cylinder engine and a four-speed transmission in unit with the rear transaxle. It was good for a top speed of about 70 mph. Suspension was independent in front with transverse torsion bars and upper/lower trailing arms and independent in the rear with trailing arms and torsion bars. Like the single cab that preceded it, the double cab was also very well received in the market place.
This vehicle has been the subject of a comprehensive concours restoration some years ago. It has been displayed in museums and has seen very limited use since then and remains in outstanding mechanical and cosmetic condition. The engine has been upgraded to 1850 ccs and features dual two-choke Weber carburetors. In this form the engine produces approximately 100 horsepower.
The entire Volkswagen transporter line, from Micro Busses to Single and Double Cab pickups, has become highly collectable in recent years and enjoys a strong and loyal following. The Double Cab pickup has great style and quality and is practical as well. With concours 23-Window Micro Busses currently in the $100,000 range, recent sales of Double Cabs in similar condition have reached the $70,000 range.
This 1962 Volkswagen Double Cab pickup has been thoroughly restored to concours condition some years ago and remains in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition to this day. The result is a solid vehicle that offers the prospect of many miles of enjoyable motoring and an enthusiastic reception wherever it goes. In its current condition, this Double Cab pickup is therefore ready to serve its fortunate next owner very well indeed.
John Kleen, Vintage Consultant
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