Engine:1786 cc 4 Cylinder Pancake
For Sale By:Dealer
Trim: Baseball Themed
Options: Baseball Shifter Knob, Quad Bucket Seats
Drive Type: Rear Wheel Drive
Exterior Color: Blue & White
Disability Equipped: No
Interior Color: Gray & Green
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Number of Cylinders: 4
This 1975 Bay Window Type II VW Bus was professionally restored (although not to perfection) in 2009/2010 with the intent of being used as a promotional vehicle by the West Michigan Whitecaps (A-Level Baseball team located in Grand Rapids Michigan and primary affiliate of the Detroit Tigers). While it did serve a short stint for its desired purpose, it soon found itself parked behind the outfield fence and more or less forgotten.
The receipts for the work done, both body and mechanical, are in the link that contains all of the photos, including during the restoration process, which can be found here: https://plus.google.com/photos/113272028201348840087/albums/5965886971169439217
You will see that over $6,500 was spent to restore this bus! You will also find a plethora of current photos showing the condition of the bus.
Most of the significant rust was cut out and new metal welded in place. The only areas that it appears that was not done are the front step pads (they have filler in them) and the undercarriage behind both front wheels. There are areas of bubbling occurring on the bus. All of these areas are photographed.
The paint on this bus is phenomenal, and it could be argued that it is nicer than the factory paint job. The exception would be that the window seals (which are weathered but not leaking) were taped and there is some overspray on them. The West Michigan Whitecaps logo and a "flying baseball" have been hand painted on both sides of the bus, and was done very well.
The interior of the bus is unique, and you will not find another like it! It has quad bucket seats, all donated from a Dodge Caravan, and are in good condition with no tears or burns, and they are protected with custom Whitecaps seat covers. The fronts ride on the original bus tracks and move and lock; the rears are bolted to the floor; all 4 seats have seatbelts. The shifter is a baseball, and the rear carpet and some of the side panels are grass carpet (original door panels are included, but are in rough shape). There is a table base installed (needs a top) and 6x9's have been added behind the rear bucket seats and are fed by an aftermarket CD player. The dash and front door panels are in decent condition. All of the glass is crack-free, and the jalousy windows are working.
The 109 cid (1786 cc) pancake motor is believed to be the original, but the fuel injection system has been replaced with an Empi carburator. The motor runs fantastic: starts right up, idles fine, accelerates as it should, and does not blow smoke. The receipts in the link to the photos shows the work done. The transmission shifts great and does not pop out of gear and the clutch is strong. The tires do not all match, but do have decent tread, hold air and are 100% road worthy. This bus runs and drives very well!
As a licensed Michigan dealer, it is my responsibility to collect sales tax (if applicable), and if you are a Michigan resident, to also collect plate and registration fees. If you are outside of Michigan or the United States, sales tax still may apply, and any additional fees are the responsibility of the buyer. Transportation is also the buyer's responsibility and expense.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required within 48 hours of auction end and unless otherwise agreed, is to be paid via PayPal. The balance is to be paid within 7 days in cash or check; the bus nor the title will be released until all funds have cleared.
This bus has been accurately described, and is sold as is where is with no warranties expressed or implied.
Contact Kevin at 616-581-8815 or through the eBay message center if you have any questions.
Peoples Car Company Inc.
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Less than two months ago, the Volkswagen Group opened a new facility in Oxnard, California (about an hour's drive west of Los Angeles). The $27 million investment, touted as Test Center California (TCC), serves as a research and development lab testing emissions for all brands under Volkswagen's umbrella, including its newest member, Porsche. While still not fully operational, we toured the new 64,000-square-foot building last week and had a first-hand opportunity to see just how much work is involved testing engines and meeting increasingly stringent government emissions standards.
Replacing a similar facility established in 1990 in Westlake Village (about 20-minutes east of the new location), our guide explained how Oxnard was chosen for its temperate climate, varied regional terrain for test drives and low altitude. (The area is only a few feet above sea level - a critical parameter when instrument testing emissions.) The new facility is capable of analyzing hundreds of vehicles, prototypes and customer-owned vehicles, annually.
Most interesting to us was the huge stainless steel climate chamber, with a massive four-wheel dynamometer that allows VW to test running vehicles in both scorching desert and freezing climates without ever leaving the building (an Audi Q7 was running in place during our visit). We were also mesmerized by the countless storage tanks and intricate plumbing of chemicals, stored in both liquid and gas states, needed to perform the variety of tests. Lastly, we took a look at Bugatti's service center on the west coast, located completely within the new center. While there were no supercars on site, the facility is equipped with plenty of spare forged wheels (mounted with expensive Michelin PAX tires) and a Veyron-specific repair jig that allows the vehicle to be completely disassembled, if needed. It is a shame that the facility, which set off all of our automotive geek alerts, is closed to the public.
Volkswagen unveiled a parade of new and upgraded Polo models at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, including the Polo TSI BlueMotion, Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo BlueGT and CrossPolo (pictured above). While they will likely never make an appearance this side of the pond, it is fun to see what European subcompact drivers will be driving later this year.
The new BlueMotion models represent the most efficient petrol and diesel options in their class, according to VW. The BlueMotion TDI offers just 73 horsepower from its diesel engine but gives the equivalent of 76 miles per gallon (US) in the EU test. The BlueMotion TSI brings a little more power with its 88-hp petrol engine and has a combined rating of 57 mpg (US) in the EU cycle.
The Polo BlueGT provides a balance of performance and economy, and for the 2014 model, it gains a 9-horsepower boost to its 1.4-liter turbocharged to give drivers 147 hp at the press of the accelerator. This year's car also has an optional Sport Select suspension with electronically controlled dampers to improve handling a bit. It's still fitted with active cylinder management to use as little gas as possible when cruising.
Getting a new diesel-powered car just got a bit easier. Volkswagen has announced a new Jetta TDI Value Edition for 2014 that trims over $2,000 off the starting price of a Jetta TDI, making the most affordable diesel-powered car in America even more so. Prices start at $21,295 (*plus $820 for destination) for a Value Edition with a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed dual-clutch automatic adds $1,100 to the price. For that money, owners will get 140 horsepower, 236 pound-feet of torque and 42 miles per gallon on the freeway.
Despite the lower price and being down on content versus the previous base Jetta TDI, the Value Edition does come quite well equipped, with standard heated cloth seats, a six-speaker stereo with a Media Device Interface, satellite radio, and one-touch, up-down power windows on all four doors. Customers will be giving up some notable stuff though, including tilt/telescopic steering, Bluetooth streaming audio, power seats and a multi-function steering wheel.
Still, if you're aching to get your hands on a new TDI, this is now the most affordable way to do it. We suspect having the lower MSRP will help the German manufacturer make even further diesel-powered inroads here in the States, a land where they cleared their decks of over 100,000 TDI models in 2013.