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Britain’s first VW Samba Microbus in Race Retro auction

This distinctive looking VW Samba Microbus was delivered new to John Colborne-Barber, the founder of Britain’s first VW dealership, on 21 November 1955. The model was never officially imported to the UK, and SGP 62 is believed to be the only surviving original RHD UK vehicle.

It was discovered in the West Country in 1992, where it had been in storage for 30 years. 

It goes to the Stoneleigh Park sale fresh from an 18-month restoration. As well as being resprayed in its original colours, it’s been fitted out with a new bespoke, period-correct Devon interior with an Osokool fridge and a Dudley stove.

The Samba is sold with a certificate of authenticity from the Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen and a letter written by Mr Colborne-Barber’s son about the bus. It was discovered in the West Country in 1992, where it had been in storage for 30 years. used by the before being put into storage for 30 years. It was discovered

Commenting on this historic vehicle, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: ‘This is a fantastic piece of Volkswagen history and as such we expect a lot of interest when it comes up for auction. These vehicles are hugely popular around the globe and collectors are now paying some incredibly sums for them.’

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By Claire Evans

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