VW type 2 bay Westfalia the elusive 'Oxford' conversion question.

Discussion in 'Camper Conversions' started by Poptop2, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. yep, same here. although we searched out a deluxe berlin, we soon realised that having a full width bed, 2x proper three point inertia reel belts was more important to us, hence the changes we made. Agree the "open" doorway is something i wouldn't want to lose.. also on that ^ conversion you don't get to swivel your passenger seat with that unit in the doorway, and although the bed is full width the sideways bit means you can't sit 3 across it.
     
  2. rickyrooo1

    rickyrooo1 Hanging round like a bad smell

    so what did you do about the fridge? i'm toying with keeping the 3/4 bed but removing the wardrobe and making the "top end" of the bed full width and then getting an infil of foam for the space where it was and the top of the fridge vent part - if you get me?
     
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  3. Poptop2

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    I have looked up the the M plate code for Malaga in Vincent Molenaar's book and it definitely says so73/3 74-5 one year only. It then lists the Oxford as 76- 79 so73/11 rhd.

    I had heard of the elusive Oxford conversion and had known they exist for quite some time. Every time I go to a show I keep an eye out for one, but not seen one YET!
     
  4. Yep, that's a good idea - we toyed with that option too.

    "Fridge" is now an electric cool box that fits between the front seats.. more capacity that the westy fridge, still runs of leisure battery like the fridge did, you can lift it out and sit on it when camping, and you can load it up in the house before your trip, rather than having to carry everything out to the van individually.. and you don't need to carry it with you all the time. Yes i know an electric cool box won't cool like a fridge, but tbh the og westy fridge wasn't that great either.
     
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  5. Moons

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    I think you are right - seems that from 75 onwards they were called Oxfords (conclude this because the Malaga's were noted as one year only)

    So there are a couple banging about:

    http://www.vwkampers.com/classic-campers/1976-rhd-westfalia-super-rare-sold.htm

    I'm wondering if they lost some of the deluxe kit - mine and other Malaga's had the chrome belt line strip and rubber bumper inserts - maybe the later ones didnt?
     
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  6. Poptop2

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    So. That is another Oxford?

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    The more I see them the more I am liking them!
     
  7. Poptop2

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  9. Moons

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    I'm speculating it's an Oxford simply because it's the same as a Malaga but the wrong year and minus some external trim.
     
  10. Poptop2

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    Agreed! So, basically the Oxford conversion is a later Malaga, but with a different SO number and minus a few deluxe trims?
     
  11. Moons

    Moons Moderator

    In lieu of a better authority I can't conclude anything else!
     
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  14. Moons

    Moons Moderator

    I suspect so - looks like it's had work but is kind of original interior wise...
     
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  15. Moons

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    @poptop2 saw one on a P plate at Stanford Hall, really nice looking van:

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  16. Wow! That's my van!!! Never heard of an Oxford before seeing this thread. All I know is it's a Westfalia continental, with Helsinki interior, all original inside. Took covers off to reveal a stamped westfalia label dated 15 May 1976. Are you saying this is quite a rarity?
     
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  17. Poptop2

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    Rhd interiors are regarded as rare that late, got any more interior pics? It could be an elusive Oxford!
     
  18. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    Take a picture of the M plate Chris. It will tell us more!
     
  19. Ok, so I haven't perfected posting pictures on this site, but this link on Flickr should show you pics of the interior(apologies they are poor quality, done in dark on I phone).

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/101458800@N06/16751551343/

    There are two plates, one from Westfalia on fascia below the bed/seat. This shows the SO P-25 and 5 . 00036

    The other plate located behind drivers seat has the following info...

    Typ 23-517

    Fahrgest- Nr 2352123025

    Is there another plate somewhere else?

    Cheers

    Chris
     
  20. Poptop2

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    There should be a plate that looks like the one below on the front air pipe below the glove box somewhere...

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