categories: collectabus, this old bus
Those not familiar with old cars, may think NOS means Nitrous Oxide System. Maybe in the tuner market, but in classic car circles it refers to New Old Stock. This is a part that was made by the manufacturer as a replacement part when the vehicle was in production and was stored by someone through the ages of time. NOS parts appear at swap meets and on ebay and always command top dollar, as they are in many way superior to after-market or reproduction parts.
In the Volkswagen scene I’ve seen lots of NOS parts â body panels, speedometers, roofracks . I just recently purchased a NOS Hurst Shifter for the underdog project. But what about a NOS bus? I’m sure there’s a few in the Volkswagen museum that would be considered NOS and technically if you restore a bus with NOS parts, it’s considered NOS, but a bus parked for 30 years would be the ultimate rare find.
A builder from Finland bought 2 of these Vans in 1974 and registered and used one of them. His idea was to use the 2nd one when the 1st one wore out - but it didn’t, so the 2nd one remained new.
I wish I had the space to store a bus for 32 years. Given the age and condition of this bus the Â£14500 price tag seems fair.