2017 Shannons Sydney Summer Classic Auction & Rare Number Plates

1974 Volkswagen Kombi 'Split Window' Microbus (LHD)

$40,000 - $45,000

No Reserve


Engine Flat 4-cylinder, 1500cc
Gearbox 4-speed manual
Engine No. BH589053
Chassis No. BH318555
Body Work Microbus
Colour Green/White
Interior Beige
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel disc
Brakes Drums

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One of the world’s favourite classic commercials, Volkswagen’s Type 2 was first seen in 1949 and its versatility, allied to the same bulletproof running gear found in the Beetle, made it a smash hit for the German car maker over the next four decades. With a unitary construction body supported by a ladder frame, the Type 2 (better known to Australians as the Kombi) was ideally suited for load carrying, with a low, flat floor and easy access through the side or rear doors. By mounting the air-cooled engine in the rear, Volkswagen freed up valuable space at the front of the vehicle and improved the weight distribution for better handling. The Type 2 was initially sold in three basic body styles –van, bus and pick-up - although the model range gradually diversified to include offshoots like campers and ambulances. The original Kombi featured a split windscreen body (retrospectively tagged the T1) and started out with an engine displacing just 1100cc. Mechanical developments essentially mirrored those made to the Beetle, with the flat-four enlarged to 1200cc in 1953 and the compression raised in 1955, giving a further hike to 34 horsepower. The body also came in for some revisions that year, with a smaller engine bay lid (previous models are called ‘barn doors’), altered roofline and Kombi’s made in this period are known as T1Bs. At the same time the wheel size was reduced to 15-inch diameter rims. The final development of the first generation ‘Split Window’ Kombi saw the introduction of a 1500cc engine in 1963, along with the option of a sliding side door, and these T1C models remained in production until 1967. The Type 2 was built in many countries around the world, including Brazil where its enjoyed a remarkable production run lasted until December 31, 2013 and they proved popular as Lotaçãos (share-taxis). The original ‘Split Window’ Kombi survived in Brazil until 1975 and was succeeded by a so-called ‘T1.5’ body style, combining revised front sheetmetal with earlier tail lights. 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 vehicle on offer here have become hugely collectible, fetching record prices in recent auctions.  


  • Desirable ‘Split-Window’ VW Kombi
  • Unusual left-hand drive Brazilian version
  • No Reserve
This charming Volkswagen Kombi Microbus was built in Brazil just prior to ‘Split Window’ production halting there and spent all of its life in South America prior to importation into Australia in 2016. Previously restored in Brazil, the 15-window Kombi is finished in the lovely period colour combination of white over pale green, matched by a very tidy beige interior. Fully registered in NSW, the Volkswagen presents in lovely cosmetic condition, while the willing 1500cc engine runs well. A wonderful opportunity to acquire a desirable ‘Split Window’ Microbus at well under the going rate for an equivalent right-hand drive version, the VW features many uniquely Brazilian details that will interest collectors and enthusiasts alike, making it ideal for club events or shows. Registered in NSW until August 2017, the car also comes with the import papers, some Brazilian documentation and will be sold at No Reserve. 
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