This is a 1978 VW "Landmark" Camper
The Landmark was a very limited production conversion van that was
produced in California
for a short period of time in the late 1970's by the National Coach
In essense a "coachbuilt" model that was sold through local VW dealers.
In their day they were wildly expensive and loaded to the brim with
Today it is perhaps one of the rarest of the "Late Bay" VWs out there.
Estimates of less than a dozen remaining in the world today.
In my searching online I have come up with about 7 examples...and of
those only a few are operational
and only two retaining their complete original interiors!!
This magazine article from the period tells the Landmark story and I
must say they did not talk too sweetly about it.
Two of the biggest sore spots in the article refer to the price (over
$10,000 in 1978!) and the performance, which paled in comparison to the
US brand Vans of the day.
Fun to see the specifications and the original photos.
This example was discovered in Southern California where it has been
it's whole life.
It is all original and unrestored, with only the most minor "touch ups"
to make it look as you see it here.
The rear mounted spare and the ladder are original to the conversion.
(the spare tire cover is new)
The original rear bumper had some surface rust, so an NOS original
chrome bumper was located and installed.
It is a very unique model that captures the 70's era brilliantly.
The graphic paint scheme was a Landmark trademark of sorts...similar
designs were used on the American brand vehicles
that they converted.
The graphics were faded when discovered and have now been revived,
but the white paint on the body is all original German finish.
The blue California plates have been on the car since new and there has
been three owners since it rolled off the showroom floor.
One of the most impressive parts about the Van is the solidity of the
body and chassis.
This is one seriously SOLID example. No welding EVER!
It is a time warp find in many ways...both in the style and the
The respray of the graphics was done minimally...in fact the light
color in the stripes is original
while the two browns have been resprayed and then a clearcoat over that
and the stripes.
I must admit the finish is not perfect, but the look is very consistant
and the design and colors are extremely accurate to the original.
There is some paint fade on the roof and high spots, but being original
finish, it is nice to see it as it is.
Along the edge of the windshield rubber there was a bit of surface
rust...no rust holes of any sort, just surface stuff that flawed the
This has been cleaned and lightly brush touched up to keep things tidy.
This and a few stone chips are about the only spots of the white that
have anything other than the original paint.
Wiper blades are new and they are functional.
The side view mirrors were originally painted white to match the body!
These have a fresh coat of paint on them but are the original mirrors
to the vehicle.
Here is a detail of the minimal paint fade on the door tops.
Here is a sneak peek inside the Camper...the sink and wall cabinet next
to the fold out bed...
Cooler mounted in place in the cabinet
Original shag carpeting!!
The carpet had faded and spotted here and there so it was shampooed and
then re-dyed rather than being replaced with something
that would lack the true look of the 70's shag which is impossible to
The vehicle is totally untouched underneath...no rust or repairs or
fresh undercoating or anything like that.
Nothing to hide!!
The original body tag was carefully reproduced as the original had
Underside of engine and trans has normal grime.
New oil filter and fresh oil inside.
The 14" aluminum "Western Turbine" wheels are the correct and proper
rims for the conversion.
These have been paint detailed and brand new tires on all four corners.
The glass is all original to the Bus...the windshield having a brown
fade tint to the top edge!
Very inique looking camper to be sure.
No mater what show you bring this to...it will stand out in the crowd!
Never lowered or modified in any way...all stock and correct.
The body is amazingly straight only a scant few dings here
The interior is pure 70's swank...check out the padded headliner!
It is a factory sunroof Bus as well which is great fun.
This also allows for an easy installation of a pop top of you wanted to
expand the party house on wheels to new levels.
That headliner is my favorite bit on the machine...like an asylum or
Check out the mood lighting as well!
The door cards are also similarly padded.
The seats are all Captains Chair style and swivel!
The Landmark logo!
The seats being adjustable and such makes for many different ways to
And the rear bench converts to a bed!
Even the drivers seat swivels!
The material on the seating surfaces is new, but the vinyl on the backs
and sides is original.
Star Trek all the way!!
The cabinet in the back holds three bottles and three drinking
glasses...your own little bar right next to the bed!
Now that you have seen the proper interior, you can see that the fancy
paint on the outside
is just the start of what makes a Landmark so special.
The rear ladder is awesome and the rear mounted spare swings out to
allow access to the engine.
Under the engine lid...the original VW emission sticker for California.
Engine room is really quite clean, even in the corners.
Brand new battery installed.
Just a scant bit of surface rust on the panels back here but no
weakening of the metal.
Electric fuel pump and a new pressure regulator installed to feed the
two barrel progressive carburator.
A nice upgrade over the complex original fuel injection system.
Battery tray is very solid underneath.
2.0 litre engine runs very smooth!
Transmission and clutch are excellent...in fact the clutch disc is
Brakes are very good and the steering is tight.
A view from the top of the engine through the access panel.
Air cleaner is new, fresh intake boots on the manifolds too
All new engine to body seal in the compartment as well.
With seats facing forward..."Captain...prepare for Warp Speed!"
Padded material continues on the back panels.
The woodgrain panel on this same side does have some delamination
happening by the way.
Here she is with the hatch up and the tire swung out of the way.
The maufacturer put on this decal to warn you to watch your head wwhen
closing the hatch...that ladder can give you a mighty whack if you
arent paying attention!
The rear mounted spare is the original...also interesting to see the
offset mounted number plate to allow for clear viewing
And no holes from a previous mounting...this is all as-original.
The windshield features a matching brown tinted fade strip along the
Glass is all good by the way.
The carpeted dash cover is an original one from the era as well and it
has done a fatastic job of keeping the dash nice underneath!
OK...leets peek under the mats...dreamy original paint finish here...no
Wheel arches are super solid as well!
Look at those factory spot weld dimples along the rocker edge...when I
say this is a solid rust free example...I mean it!
The biggest bit of body damage on the whole body is the light
scrape/dent you see here just at the back edge of the long panel.
The sunroof works well by the way and has a brand new felt seal and
Plastic knob is missing on the left side opening quarter light.
These window cranks are the original chrome units.
Speakers in the panels
This switch operates the mood lighting inside.
Original production decal in the door jam.
The folding armrests are awesome!
Original carpet up front too.
Front kick panels have been recovered to match the seats.
New brake and clutch pedal pads.
Dash and steering wheel are in very nice condition.
Right side door packet has a hole in it, but other than that it is
original and pretty nice.
The grab handle is actually the original installed during the
conversion...I may replace these with factory VW ones as they would
Floors are fantastic!
Brown dash cover.
Delaer location booklet in the glove box.
This sticker was under the dash...I liked it so I left it!
There is one wear through spot at the heel on the carpet.
This carpet was glued to the original rubber floor mat when new.
Overhead lighting is ever so cool.
And yes...fully functional.
Rear light as well,
radio in the dash is not original but probably dates back to the mid
80's...and yes...it works!
I believe the mount underneath was for a dash mounted digital clock
that was all the rage in 1978.
Original decals on the steering column support.
Steering wheel itself in great shape.
Love those swivel seats!
In closing this is a very unique Camper that really captures the era
It is a very rare machine indeed, even here in California where they
In my 25+ years in the VW scene I can honestly say I can only recall
seeing three of them in the flesh...and this is the only one I have seen
personally in this color combination, and the only one with all the
A rare opportunity to buy a very rare VWs...one that will be the talk
of the show!
11,500 GBP..including delivery to the
Vehicle will be on display at Vanfest in Malvern in September and the
best offer by the end of the show
will take it (
if it has not been sold prior).
ALL offers considered...dont be shy!