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1965 Volkswagen Transporter

For 1965, the Volkswagen Transporter received only minor changes. The '1500' engine which had been an option was now standard. It had a 91.1 cubic-inch displacement size and offered 50 horsepower. There was a four-speed manual gearbox, hydraulic drum brakes, and a worm-and-sector steering system. Prices ranged from $2135 - $2575 depending on options and bodystyle.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012
1965 Volkswagen Transporter 1965 Volkswagen Transporter 1965 Volkswagen Transporter Sold for $99,000 at 2013 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction.
The word Volkswagen literally translated to 'the people's car.' The Volkswagen Type 1 was introduced in 1938 and soon became known as the 'Bug' or 'Beetle.' The VW Type 2 was launched after World War II, on March 8th of 1950. The Type 2 served many purposes, including campervan, ladder truck, passenger bus, and even ambulance. It went by many names including Microbus, Camper, and Eurovan.

This 1965 Volkswagen 21-Window Bus left the factory finished in sealing-wax red with silver-beige upper body accents. The 21 Window model was produced from 1964 through 1967, and was dubbed the 'Samba.' It is believed that this bus spent most of its life on the West Coast and was purchased by its current owner in 2011. Prior to that, the vehicle had at some point been painted blue, and then the previous owner painted it orange and kept the bus in California for over 12 years. In addition to a color change, the previous owner installed a new correct replacement engine and a Freeway Flier transmission.

The current owner treated the 21 Window Bus to a meticulous restoration where it was returned to its original color. Every item on the bus was either restored or replaced with parts correct to the model. The new engine was removed and detailed, all gauges including the clock were rebuilt or replaced with correct parts, a new wiring harness was installed, and a sunroof complete with mechanisms was fitted with all-around new seals. The glass was refinished and interior upholstered in silver and beige vinyl. The bus has a rare middle seat.

The bus is powered by a 1600cc four-cylinder engine fitted with a single carburetor and offering 40 horsepower. There is a four-speed transaxle transmission and four-wheel drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2013
1965 Volkswagen Transporter 1965 Volkswagen Transporter Sold for $105,000 at 2014 Mecum - Monterey.
The Volkswagen Samba Bus has a history as being a utilitarian vehicle that were often very well used. This example has more than two dozen windows and a walk-through center aisle. It is finished in the correct Sea Blue over gray exterior and has a complete matching interior with an original Sapphire Blaupunkt Telefunken radio and clock.

1965 was a good year for Transporter buyers as U.S. models were given the much-needed power boost of the famed 'Fifteen', VW's 1493cc air-cooled flat-four engine. Top speed was achieved at around 75 mph and they had a cargo capacity of 1000 kg (2,204 pounds).

The Splittie left production at the end of the 1967 model year, with over 1.8 million produced. It was succeeded by the 'Bay'.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2015

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Volkswagen Monthly Sales Volume

December 2019
27,877
November 2019
29,218
October 2019
28,072
September 2019
26,947
August 2019
35,412
July 2019
31,188
June 2019
31,725
May 2019
35,702
April 2019
31,309
March 2019
37,092
February 2019
25,706
January 2019
23,074
Additional Sales Volume Data


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Price Comparison

1965 Transporter
$2,575-$24,400
1965 Volkswagen Transporter Price Range: $2,135 - $2,575

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Volkswagen
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)1,193,853
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)1,241,580
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)1,191,854
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)921,013
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)1,168,146
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)1,174,687
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)1,034,797
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)891,521
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)925,747
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)807,488
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)725,939

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