x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

VW camper van enthusiast recovers rare, sunken Samba

NORWAY // Obsession is a funny thing. It drives many a sane man to distraction or, in the case of Morten Lund, to the muddy depths of a Norwegian fjord. Five years ago, Mr Lund, a Scandinavian Volkswagen enthusiast, heard the tale of a 1957 Volkswagen Samba camper van that had been pushed into the bottom of a fjord by its frustrated owner after the gearbox gave out. Knowing a thing or two about this rare example of an early camper van, Mr Lund set about trying to locate the sunken Samba. He employed a team of divers who eventually found the vehicle lying upside down in 50 metres of glacial waters. Happily, Mr Lund has now recovered the Samba using an industrial hoist and intends to restore the camper to show condition.