Arlesheim, Basel-Landschaft (BL), Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera/Switzerland

[1984 Nikon FE2 SLR 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 1816483, with Nikkor AI 50-mm f/1.8 lens, s/n 2336591, and 52-mm polarizing filter;
Kodak Ektar 125 (Kodak 5101 | Ektar 125-1) 36-exposure colour negative film]

© Copyright photograph by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, November 1991

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

1968 VW Type 2 (T2a) Model 238 Westfalia and my son

1968 Volkswagen Type 2 (T2a) Model 238 Westfalia, Sophia, B.C. licence plate HAE-162 in the parking lot at South Terminal, Vancouver International Airport (YVR/CYVR), Sea Island, Richmond, B.C., Canada in autumn 1994, likely late November



My son, Cohen Isaac Scharnberg (O’Connor)

Burkeville, a small community adjacent to YVR




1968 VW Type 2 (T2a) Model 238 Westfalia, VIN 238031515, Sophia, B.C. licence plate HAE-162
  • early 1968 VW Type 2 (T2a, “Early Bay”), second-generation, bay window camper
  • powered by a 1971 60-hp 1584-cc (1600) four-cylinder, horizontally-opposed, dual-port air-cooled piston engine, engine coded AE and followed by seven digits (codes from AE-0-000-001 to AE-0-529-815)
  • Solex 34 PICT-3 carburetor
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • sliding side door right side, left hand drive
  • seats five, sleeps four
  • exterior body colour scheme in L567 (46) ivory
  • upholstery in 45 medium grey 68
  • 14-inch wheels, double CV-joints
  • low front turn signals mounted below headlights just above front bumper
  • original Model SO-68/2 Westfalia interior: rear bench seat that pulls out to become a ¾-wide bed, rear deck mattress, storage locker under rear bench seat, clothes closet with vanity mirror and hanging rod and shelves aft of sliding door, adjoining linen closet, rear ceiling shelf cabinet, ceiling and walls insulated and wood-panelled in baltic birch, yellow vinyl seat coverings, vinyl-tiled floor, hinged folding dinette table, front rear-facing bench seat with storage area immediately aft of driver bucket seat and walk-through divider, 1.6-cubic foot cabinet with ice box and drain, white plastic sink with drainage and venting system and hinged lid/counter surface, 7.5-gallon water tank and manually operated faucet pump, catch-all shelf unit, front lid mosquito net pop-up roof with canvas tent, rear wall with zippered flaps and zippered screen openings, cot bed inside pop-up roof, rear luggage rack, removable children’s hammock for over front seats, two ceiling lamps (one each over sink and dinette table) of three 10-watt bulbs each, small ceiling light in centre of compartment, transistorized 12-volt 110–125 volt electrical receptacle with double outlet, 15-ampere AC cord for plugging into campsite receptacles, original bay window privacy curtain, original yellow and brown checkered curtains for all windows, and fully-functional louvered side windows with removable screens

She was purchased new from the official VW dealer somewhere in or near downtown San Diego, California, USA. I still have her original sales receipt, owner’s manual, and service manual—regularly serviced and stamped. She appeared to be based in Indio, Coachella Valley, California, USA.

While in my possession she still sported an AAA (The Automobile Club of Southern California) decal in bottom right corner of the windshield. She was a member of some surf club based in San Clemente, California, USA.

Imported to Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada in the early 1980s.

Legend has it, this camper drove to the famous 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York, USA and back to the West Coast. And that John Muir, VW mechanic extraordinaire and writer of the famous manual, How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual Of Step By Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot, once serviced and tuned my baby’s 1600-cc engine.

I took Sophia camping many times: southern Vancouver Island, Saltspring Island, Hornby Island, Alice Lake near Brackendale up past Squamish, Hicks Lake near Harrison Hot Springs and Harrison Lake, Manning Park, and including a road trip to Grande Prairie, Alberta in August 1994, travelling up the Coquihalla Highway and Summit from Hope, then Merritt, Kamloops, Blue River, Valemount, Jasper, from Hinton through Grande Cache to Grande Prairie on Highway 40 (at the time still known as “the Highway to Hell”, the last year it was sand and gravel surface strewn with the debris of blown tires, pieces of wood, and branches, before receiving an asphalt surface the following year) to Grande Prairie, Alberta, then back by way of Dawson Creek, Prince George, Quesnel, Lac La Hache, 100 Mile House, Clinton, Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Spences Bridge, Lytton, down the Fraser Canyon, Hope, and back to New Westminster, B.C.

Alas, after owning her from 1992 t0 2000, I sadly sold her to a VW enthusiast-restorer-collector in Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, wanting to give her one more good life. At the time I was broke. I couldn’t afford the $10,000.00 or $15,000.00 restoration she needed and deserved.

I miss the camper. I would purchase another fine bay window model.

[1984 Nikon FE2 SLR 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 1816483, with Nikkor AI 50-mm f/1.8 lens, s/n 2336591, and 52-mm polarizing filter]

© Copyright photographs by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, November 1994

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