It once provided adventurous families with the only affordable way of enjoying a holiday in Europe.
But now a unique example of the iconic VW camper van has been sold at auction for a staggering £67,500.
A UK buyer, who has asked to remain anonymous, forked out the five-figure sum to get their hands on the 60-year-old Volkswagen Type 2 Samba Microbus when it was put up for sale in Warwickshire.
With the model never officially imported from Germany, the vehicle is thought to be the only one of its kind in the UK.
The camper van was constructed in 1955 at VW's factory in Wolfsburg before being sold by Colborne Garages in Surrey - the UK's original VW dealership.
It is thought the SGP 62 vehicle was kept in storage in the West Country for three decades before being found in 1992 and restored to its original specifications.
The VW camper was introduced in 1950 with the final vehicles built in Brazil in 2013.
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