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Vintage 1978 15' Volkswagen Kombi Bus 15' Beverage Truck w/ Extended Roof for Sale in DC!

1978 Kombi Beverage Bus Coffee & Beverage Truck District Of Columbia Gas Engine for Sale
$25,200 Item No: DC-T-005T2 Location: District of Columbia - Pickup Only for this item
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This charming retro 1978 VW Volkswagen Kombi bus was converted into a drink truck in 2018. It would be ideal for your coffee or smoothie business, or even a brewery or winery for special and private events! See the detailed description.
*Mechanical inspection required. No transport; pick up only on this item.
$25,200 in District of Columbia
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Seller notes: We’ve owned our bus since 2012 and have put a lot of love and care into it. It was originally our daily driver and our camper bus. But it was completely gutted and outfitted to serve as a vending truck by a reputable food truck business in Maryland.

It has the standard 3-sink compartment and hand washing sink with water heater and an additional drinking water sink with filter and pedal levers. Clean water tank with pump and gray water tank with drain. Custom 200 lbs ice bin with drain and sliding door. Prep table and serving counter and lots of storage space, and shelves overhead. Serving window with an additional exterior fold down counter and awning. LED lighting and plenty of outlets for all of your equipment. Generator powered with a custom generator box attached to the hitch (generator included needs to be serviced or replaced).

The roof was extended 2 ft to be able to stand inside at 6 ft high, the extension was reinforced with a steel frame. All stainless steel interior for easy cleaning. Enter through the front doors, as expected the work space is small, ideal for 1 person operation but can fit 2 people. No AC or heating, but has 4 windows with good cross ventilation. Due to the complexity of converting this bus the hatch door doesn’t prop open automatically, it has to be held with a stick.

Rust on floor and door panels was removed and replaced with new metal and the exterior repainted after the conversion. Our bus has been regularly maintained by a veteran VW mechanic since 2012. Currently there’s an oil leak that you would need to fix. Sometimes it takes a while to start when it’s cold, but there's no other known mechanical issue. We have all maintenance records if requested. Washington DC has some of the most strict food truck restrictions in the country and our bus has passed all of them.

Please carefully review the diagram provided for your equipment space needs. Not ideal for a food business since it is small and would be hard to fit additional cooking equipment.

This is a vintage unit, being sold as is.
Manual transmission, gas engine.

* has an oil leak in motor area
* very little wear and tear on inside equipment
* exact mileage unknown, odometer reading is approximate

This is a VINTAGE unit, being sold AS IS.


  • Truck Specifications

  • VEHICLE Year of Manufacture: 1978
  • VIN #: 2382116030
  • Manufacturer: Volkswagen
  • Model: Kombi Beverage Bus
  • Length: 15'3
  • How many Miles on the body?: 80,000 miles
  • How many Miles on the engine?: 80,000 miles
  • What Year was Kitchen Installed: 2018
  • Kitchen equipment runs on: ELECTRICITY

Equipment List

  • Vehicle Features

  • Concession Window(s): 1
  • Spare Tire
  • Stainless Steel Wall Covers
  • Insulated Walls
  • Floor Drains: 1 at center of prep area
  • Awning
  • Diamond Plated Aluminum Flooring
  • Exterior Customer Counter: fold down
  • Refrigeration

  • Refrigerator
  • Food Service Equipment

  • Ice Bin: 200 lb ice bin with 2" insulation
  • Kitchen Equipment

  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Work Table: stainless steel
  • Electrical

  • Interior Lighting: LED
  • Electrical Outlets: 2
  • Breaker Panel
  • Plumbing

  • Hot Water Heater
  • Hand-washing Sink
  • Triple Sink
  • Fresh Water Tank: 40 gal
  • Gray Water Tank: 50 gal
  • Other Equipment

  • Transmission - Manual
  • Gas Engine
  • Additional Equipment

  • water pump
  • replaced the rusty floor panels in 2018
  • new window seals in 2018
  • paint job in 2018
  • new battery in 2022
  • shelving

Prior Equipment Questions...
Has this passed smog tests in DC?
Does the trailer have functional heat/AC?
No AC, but VW engineered vents you can open for fresh air flow when driving. Also, you can replace the tubes that bring heat from the motor to the front.
Is the trailer in good driving condition? Any known issues?
There is an oil leak that needs to be fixed, you have to check the oil every couple of weeks. Sometimes when it's cold it takes a while to start, but runs smoothly. It is a VW vintage vehicle, manual transmission not easy to drive if you don't know how to drive stick. We serviced it often and developed a good relationship with a mechanic, recommend you do the same.
What is the reason for selling?
It took us years to save money to convert it and find the right builder, the conversion took a long time, by the time we had it inspected, permitted, and ready to go we were established as a pop up vendor at markets, the transition wasn't easy. This is the reason why we are selling it, better to pass it along than it sitting. It was cared for and converted thoughtfully, not perfect but unique.
Is the plumbing in great working condition with no leaks?
Yes, no leaks. Everything works with approve gap drainage.
Are the service/repair records available?
Yes, all records since 2012
What is the brand and voltage of the generator?
Generator is a Firman P03602 3,550 watts. It has custom made steel cage with lock that attaches to the hitch in the back.
Where is the oil leak located?
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