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#373817 - 15th Dec 2009 9:20am Rare VW Camper rescued from watery grave
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A Norwegian Volkswagen fanatic is undertaking a mammoth restoration after recovering a rust-riddled VW Microbus from the bottom of a fjord.



The 1957 Samba, one of the most iconic and valuable VW Campers, was pushed into the lake by a local hotelier when its gearbox failed in 1974.
Thirty years later enthusiast Morten Lund learned of the drowned Volkswagen and hired a remote-controlled submersible to search for it, discovering the Microbus lying face down at a depth of 50 feet (15 metres).

Undeterred, he hired divers and a mobile crane and lifted out his catch earlier this summer.
Now Lund faces an equally mammoth task restoring the Volkswagen to road-going condition.
The determined and hugely optimistic enthusiast excitedly told Practical Classics magazine: "It took me less than 30 minutes to get both front wheels rolling, and the steering works perfectly... The cargo floor and cab are nearly rust free – just some minor holes around the edges."

The Samba is an iconic 23-window version with eight roof-light windows. That makes it one of the most prized and valuable variants.

In 2008 a completely original 1958 Samba made £56,000 at a UK auction. The year before, TV chef Jamie Oliver's much-pimped 23-window Samba sold for £48,000.

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#373872 - 15th Dec 2009 2:26pm Re: Rare VW Camper rescued from watery grave [Re: MissGuided]
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sweeeettttttt,

i see these make 25-35k regular at vw shows.
but a ratty mot'd 23 window will make 12k

I reckon when the above van is completed, there will be less than 25% of the original van left, it will all be repair panels and new parts
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#373874 - 15th Dec 2009 2:28pm Re: Rare VW Camper rescued from watery grave [Re: golfvr]
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just a thought,,,

just because the van was pushed into a lake, doesnt mean the hotelier still doesnt own it smile

He could demand a fee, or report it stolen... its wasnt dumped in the lake, it was just in storage
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#373883 - 15th Dec 2009 2:46pm Re: Rare VW Camper rescued from watery grave [Re: golfvr]
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The original owner filled it full of bottles and debris to weigh it down before he put it in the river. You could probably sell that as it is for a couple of grand thanks to the 'scene tax'.
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#373960 - 15th Dec 2009 6:08pm Re: Rare VW Camper rescued from watery grave [Re: DavidB]
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Read the full story about this in last months Practical Classics magazine. The guy is a WV fanatic, my hat off to him taking this on.
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#373995 - 15th Dec 2009 8:15pm Re: Rare VW Camper rescued from watery grave [Re: hoseman]
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wow thats so cool

want 1 lol
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#374002 - 15th Dec 2009 8:21pm Re: Rare VW Camper rescued from watery grave [Re: Pete_Robbo]
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wonder how hes going about making it legit? proof of ownership etc smile

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