Ein echter Hingucker auf der Motorhome and Caravan Show 2015 in Birmingham: Der VW T2 Campingbulli von Danbury Motorcaravans. (Foto: Werk)

Ein echter Hingucker auf der Motorhome and Caravan Show 2015 in Birmingham: Der VW T2 Campingbulli von Danbury Motorcaravans. (Foto: Werk)

It’s tea time – VW Bulli Retro cult from the island

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A cup of tea compliant?

Past gentle hills of the south-west-English county of Bristol, a motorhome classic rides on a quiet resting-place on the River Avon. The VW T2 camping bus from Danbury invites you to a break.

Put the roof up, unfold the table and put the water on for the tea, the retromobile is very busy. The VW Bulli looks like from the store and that is it. Only the front-mounted radiator behind the spare wheel cover shows that it is a VW T2c from the last Brazil series. The British dealer Danbury from Bristol fetches (still) the Bullis on the island and makes everyday-life retro camp-buses from the old VW Transporter.

So no rust, no rattling air-cooled engines, only 80 km / h maximum speed and a huge fuel-thirst. The Bulli is a brand new, Brazilian station wagon, with a modern, water-cooled 80 hp petrol engine, as a right-hand drive (optional LHD with an extra charge in GB).

Optionally with petrol, E 85-ethanol gasoline or with the option gas drive. Danbury is the exclusive distributor in Great Britain for these bullis, which, despite the production set-up two years ago, are still imported as simple white vans of the last series VW T2c from Brazil. Mainly in manual work and in up to 300 working hours the 40 employees of Danbury make the retro campers with a lot of love for nostalgia.

There are three basic extras – Diamond, Amigo and Rio – but the list of accessories leaves nothing to be desired: a king-size bed and five seats, a queensbed and seven seats, a porta-potti, another extra bed, for England’s obligatory gas oven , Refrigerator, satellite TV, gas heaters, curtains and crazy upholstery are possible depending on the purse. There is a really nice retro roof rack (599, – £ / 820, – Euro), and a genuine spare cover (399, – £ / 550, – Euro) to order, original is a fake with ventilation grille for cooling prefabricated.

The furniture is made of boat building plywood, look chic and retro and are light and durable. Electricity, lamps and the equipment are well-known standard equipment, the electro-gas and water installation corresponds to the latest standard. If you can get your hands on the huge steering wheel of the VW T2, you can order a proper rack-and-pinion steering for 1.645, – Euro (1.420,- £ ) or even a power-assisted steering (4.150,- £ / 4.800, – Euro).

If you turn the ignition key in the sparse cockpit, a slight purr will ring out in the rear, the engine noise is far away from the rugged sound of the air-cooled original. The four-speed transmission is operated as is known by the elliptical gear shift stick. The engine is nothing for lazy contemporaries, if you wants to swim with in today’s traffic, you must switch vigorously and often. The brakes, front discs, rear drums are not servo-assisted and therefore need a firm kick, but they work properly, even when the bulli is fully loaded.

The Danbury-VW’s raised roof is lovingly adapted to the semi-high Brazil series roof. It is not typical for England, but is moved upwards manually as a lifting roof.

A cheap pleasure is the Danbury camper not, the elaborate hand work costs just money. From £ 23,000 (~ 31,500 Euro), the Danbury Amigo is the right-hand drive to enter the retro world of the T2 campers in England. And the admission in Germany? Should be possible, it is from Bristol, since all Danbury models have received a GB approval.

further information: to the website of Danbury

Claus-Detlev Bues

Claus-Detlev Bues

Claus-Detlev Bues has been working as a senior editor for caravaning for decades. In addition to several print titles, he is also responsible for online reporting as a D.C.I chief editor and also oversees the areas of test and technology. Several books about caravaning come from his pen. In his spare time, he likes to work on oldtimers and is an active self-employed and developer of motorhomes with whom he is traveling all over Europe.
Claus-Detlev Bues