This is not your average Volkswagen Bus; this is a “shorty.” It was originally built in 1986, but with the help of a few close colleagues, Gas Monkey Garage was able to restore it back to like new condition. Now this handsome little fella is heading up for auction at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas event later this week.
The "shorty" Bus was fully restored by Gas Monkey Garage in 2014, after having sat unused for a number of years before being picked up by Richard Rawlings and his team. The crew went about restoring it to new, revamping everything from the exterior, to the interior, to the engine, to the suspension.
On the outside, Gas Monkey removed any and all blemishes and rust and went to work on coating it in its original white over baby blue paint job. Of course, a signature VW badge sits front and center. New headlights and taillights were also installed, and the chrome bumpers were completely refinished.
The interior was finished in white plastic with accenting Black Mountain cloth seats by the experts at Wolfsburg West, while the suspension was given a full reworking by Wagons West to ensure that it performed like new. Under the hood is a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that was installed by Luck’s Fabshop, and it comes paired to a new four-speed manual transmission.
Though Barrett-Jackson says the Bus is “intended for show and display use” only, it is completely drivable and street legal. It will cross the auction block on October 13th with no reserve.