1959 Press Bumper Mango!

1959 Pressed Bumper Mango Standard Microbus, Original Paint!

Here's a super cool early transitional Bus that you definitely don't find everyday.  This late August of 1958 production, 1959 model year, Standard Microbus features factory pressed bumpers.  It's a little known fact that approximately the first 10,000 Buses built in the 1959 model year were fitted with pressed bumpers at the factory and this Bus is one of the earliest of the handful of those examples still known to exist today.

The Bus was discovered years back in a barn in Central California and had been in storage for many years.  

Some of the many features to note include:

*Restored Original Pressed Bumpers in correct L82 Silver White color
*Rebuilt 36hp Engine that dates to early September 1958, low miles
*Rebuilt Split Case Transaxle, low miles
*5 Firestone 6.40 - 15 Bias Ply Tires
*5 Restored 15 Inch Bus Wheels
*NOS Rear Bumper, before painted and installed
*Factory 6 Popout Window Bus with Long Spoon Latches
*Correct Seats including Phenomenal Original Middle Seat with Mint Original Kick Panel
*Nice Original Caramel Interior Panels

The body is in surprisingly good original condition for being unrestored and now 60 years old.  Nearly all of the factory original Mango Green and Seagull Grey paint is still showing.  Overall the rust is minimal and includes the front floor corner wedges, some small blistering on the rockers, a few small holes on the inner rockers and one jack point, some pinholes on one dogleg triangle, and some surface rust where the paint peeled above the rain gutter.  The cargo floor is very good, battery tray is solid, and the underside is "super chichis" for a survivor Bus, too.  There is a spot of primer on the driver's rear corner where the corner was bonked long ago and a thin skim of filler was applied to get it smooth again.  The original Sigla laminated glass has some typical blistering and delamination so you might want to find some better pieces to swap on at some point.  The paint has a great natural fade and will come out beautifully with a good buff and wax.  A heavy detail and a paint blend on that corner spot will make the Bus look even more incredible.  

The interior is mostly complete and original with the exception of the headliner which has been gone for many years.  The original Caramel panels are in very good condition for originals, the seats are correct with the middle being nearly as good as NOS, the front bottom portion will need to be recovered, and the rest is above average for being 60 years old and original.  The dash is nice with strong original Mango paint, the original radio blockoff plate is still in place, and the original front floor mat is ratty but finding a nicer original would not be hard nor expensive if you wanted to dial it in to a higher degree.  A new headliner and window seals would also make a dramatic improvement if you wanted to take the Bus to the next level.

Mechanically the Bus is bone stock with low miles on the rebuilt early September 36hp engine, a stock and rebuilt split case reduction box transaxle with low miles, stock suspension, and the electrical is still 6 volt, too.  The Bus is a regular driver and has been for several years since it was revived.  You may recall seeing it out at Southern California OCTO meets as it is a regular attendee there.

This is your chance to own an honest, rare, and unusual early survivor Bus that is way nicer than most we come across these days.  Thanks!


Please note that the Roof Rack is not included and the Bus is located in West Covina, California.

Please visit my website at http://www.holygrailgarage.com/ to see the full album of more than 100 pics of the Bus, more interesting Vintage VW's, Classic Cars, and Parts for sale.
Brendan Finn (858)366-2549 http://www.holygrailgarage.com brendanfinn666@yahoo.com

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