1961 Volkswagen Microbus Station Wagon / 761891 Chassis Information

1961 Volkswagen Microbus photograph

1961 Volkswagen Microbus photograph

1961 Volkswagen Microbus photograph

1961 Volkswagen Microbus photograph

1961 Volkswagen Microbus photograph

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Station Wagon
Chassis #: 761891
Sold for $100,800 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
In the spring of 1947, Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon created a design for a van inspired in part by the Citroen H van. The design was shown to the home office in Germany, however the popularity of the Type 1 Beetle meant the project was put on hold for several years. Later, Pon's sketches evolved into prototypes where the driver was placed above and potentially ahead of the front axle. Two years after Pon's first sketch, CEO Heinz Nordhoff's approved the project and work began at the end of 1949. The early examples were utilitarian, but passenger-oriented Microbus followed six-months later. Multiple versions followed, including a 23 window version that was suitable for touring and offered curved glass in the rearmost roof pillars that offered exceptional views. These 'Samba' vans had a large fabric sunroof and two-tone paint jobs with additional chrome brightwork.

The Samba was discontinued when the Type 2 was redesigned in 1967.

This particular 23-window Deluxe Samba was delivered new to the American West Coast. In 2012 it was given an extensive rotisserie restoration and finished in Sealing Wax Red and Beige Grey. The interior was also completely refinished in new grey wool headliner, grey small diamond and pleated pattern upholstery panels, and German square weave carpet in luggage area. A 1,600cc dual-port flat four engine was also installed, along with a 3:44 transmission.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2018

2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$140,000-$160,000 
Sale Price :
$100,800

2018 3
2017 1
2016 4
2014 2
2013 1
2012 1
2011 1
2009 1
2008 1
2001 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$68,633$100,8003
2017$291,500$291,5001
2016$51,125$77,0004
2014$115,500$148,5002
2013$64,000$64,0001
2012$40,000$40,0001
2011$62,700$62,7001
2009$47,300$47,3001
2008$17,334$17,3341
2001$9,900$9,9001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1961 sales)
1961 Volkswagen Deluxe '23-Window' Microbus
Chassis#: 761891
Sold for $100,800
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1961 Volkswagen Microbus image  1961 Volkswagen Microbus image  
1961 Volkswagen Single-Cab Pickup
Chassis#: 671922
Sold for $64,400
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1961 Volkswagen Microbus image  1961 Volkswagen Microbus image  
1961 VOLKSWAGEN DOUBLE CAB CUSTOM TRUCK
Chassis#: 654841
Sold for $40,700
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1961 VOLKSWAGEN 23-WINDOW DELUXE MICROBUS
Chassis#: 608038
Sold for $291,500
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1961 Volkswagen 23 Window Samba Bus
Sold for $72,500
  2016 Mecum - Indianapolis
 
1961 Volkswagen Samba 23 Window Microbus
Sold for $77,000
  2016 Russo & Steele : Arizona
 
1961 VOLKSWAGEN DOUBLE CAB CUSTOM PICKUP
Chassis#: 654841
Sold for $30,800
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1961 VOLKSWAGEN SINGLE CAB PICKUP
Chassis#: 643093
Sold for $24,200
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1961 VOLKSWAGEN DELUXE MICROBUS 23 WINDOW
Chassis#: 608038
Sold for $148,500
  2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction
 
1961 Volkswagen '23-Window' De Luxe Station Wagon
Chassis#: 704734
Sold for $82,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1961 Volkswagen Microbus image  1961 Volkswagen Microbus image  
1961 Volkswagen 23 Window Bus 2054 CC, Rotisserie Restoration
Chassis#: 948991
Sold for $64,000
  2013 Mecum Auction - Anaheim 2013
 
1961 Volkswagen Bus 4-Speed, Roof Rack
Chassis#: 640316
Sold for $40,000
  2012 Mecum - Anaheim, CA
 
1961 Volkswagen 23 Window Samba Bus
Chassis#: 757468
Sold for $62,700
  2011 Barrett Jackson-Las Vegas
 
1961 VOLKSWAGEN MICRO BUS DOUBLE DOOR CAMPER
Sold for $47,300
  2009 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
 
1961 Volkswagen Doubledoor Panel Van
Chassis#: 744281
Sold for $17,334
  2008 Coys Auction - Fine Motor Cars, Blenheim Palace
 
1961 VOLKSWAGEN BUS CAMPER
Sold for $9,900
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1961 Volkswagen Microbus's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1961 Volkswagen 23-Window Bus 2018 Mecum : Dallas$85,000  
1961 Volkswagen Microbus6527902018 Mecum : Monterey$55,000$75,000$90,000
1961 Volkswagen Single Cab Pickup 2017 Mecum : Denver$13,000  
1961 VOLKSWAGEN 15 WINDOW BUS 2012 McCormicks Palm Springs Auction 52$39,500  
1961 VOLKSWAGEN PICKUP TRANSPORTER 2003 Kruse Auction, Oklahoma City, OK$3,800  

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