After a busy summer season our attention returned with some excitement to the restoration of our project bus Lola, a 1971 early Bay VW camper.
We bought Lola in the summer of 2017 when we were toying with the idea of setting up a classic VV campervan hire business. An idea that grew in strength over a few glasses of wine on holiday in the Dordogne and then cemented by a redundancy!
We found Lola in the south of England. She had been stripped to a shell and all her bits were in a lot of boxes, all ready for a full nut and bolt restoration. Although we used to own a splitscreen we didn’t know too much about the history of its successor the VW T2 bay; we thought we were just buying a Bay campervan but have since learnt we’d accidentally stumbled upon a little gem – an early Bay T2.
Our first job was to get Lola into her new home, Jon’s garage, for the next year or so. Jon had built an amazing giant rotisserie to put her on that could spin her right round which has been invaluable in her restoration. It was a delicate job but once on we’ve been able to easily manoeuvre her in and out the garage as and when needed. To see it in action click HERE
Jon has spent many, many, many hours of prepping her body work and when finally finished and she was ready for the exciting part of new shiny paint and being put back together.
After a lot of deliberation we chose to paint her in pastel white over niagra blue (an original VW T2 colour) and fit an interior similar to our campervan Poppy’s from our friends from The Camper Shak.
Two years later….
And here she is, and we’re rather proud of her.
Lola is available for hire this summer from August onwards, take a look at her vital statistics on her homepage which can be viewed here and check out her availability for your next road trip.
She is 2-berth, with a big comfy pull out bed. Later this year we will be adding a couple of bunks in her roof space which will be suitable for children aged 5 to 12.
Any questions about our latest camper just ask!