2015 Shannons Melbourne Late Summer Classic Auction
Lot
32

1960 Volkswagen Kombi '23 Window' Samba Bus (RHD)

$202,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine Flat 4, 1634cc
Gearbox 4-speed manual
Body Work Bus
Colour Paprika Red & White
Interior Tan
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel Disc
Brakes Drums

Description

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The Volkswagen Type 2 - better known to Australians as the Kombi - was introduced in 1949 and rapidly established itself as one of the most versatile and popular commercial vehicles ever made. Sharing the same reliable running gear found in the Beetle, the Kombi's unitary construction bodywork was supported by a ladder frame ideally suited for load carrying. The Type 2 was initially sold as a van, bus or pick-up, although as time went on these basic models were expanded into a bewildering array of offshoots, including campers, ambulances and many more derivatives. First seen in Australia in 1953 and sold as Completely Knocked Down vehicles assembled at the Clayton plant in Melbourne from 1954, the Kombi proved hugely successful in this country and for years they were a common sight on our roads. The original Kombi featured a split windscreen body style (retrospectively termed T1) and initially started out with an 1131cc engine, enlarged to 1192cc (with 30 horsepower) in 1953. With higher compression in 1955, output jumped to 34 bhp while the body also came in for some revisions that year, the resultant T1B having a smaller engine bay cover (previous models are called 'barn doors'), changed roofline and 15-inch wheels. Regarded as the most collectible Kombi of all, the well-appointed Deluxe Microbus (or Samba) variant initially sported 23 windows in total and examples have routinely been fetching six figure sums around the world in recent years. Once the preserve of hippies looking for cheap transport, the Kombi now enjoys a cult following around the world and 'Split Window' models like the van on offer here have become hugely collectible.