2019 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction

1974 Volkswagen Kombi Type 2 Transporter

$15,000 - $20,000

No Reserve


Engine 1600cc four-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed manual
Engine No. CJ028686
Chassis No. 2142181064
Body Work Kombi Van
Colour Blue
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel with hubcaps
Brakes Disc/drum

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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 between 1954 and 1976, 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 flat-four engine, with mechanical changes mirroring the Beetle. Towards the end of 1967 Volkswagen released a revised Kombi with a one-piece curved glass windscreen and beneath the so-called T2 bodywork lay bigger changes, including new rear suspension that did away with the previous swing axles and constant velocity joints to control the ride height. The second-generation Kombi was powered by a 1600cc version of the Beetle's engine developing 47 horsepower, making it much easier - not to mention safer - to drive. Once the preserve of hippies looking for cheap transport, the Kombi now enjoys a cult following around the world and as values of early 'split window' models continue to skyrocket, these early T2 versions look like something of a bargain.


  • Working van ready for more leisurely life
  • Recent repaint
  • New trim
  • No Reserve
VW Kombis of all descriptions are hot property right now, and these Type 2 big window vans from the ‘70s provide a great basis for a surf cruiser or camper van. Our example was originally a Tasmanian car but has worked for a living at a Melbourne furniture business since 2012. A side-door, walk-through van, it was originally white but has had a recent closed door respray in period blue. The bumpers and steel wheels have been redone in contrasting white. Inside, the seats have been retrimmed in original style, and the black doorcards are original with aftermarket window winders. There’s some black matting on the cockpit floor. But the basic exposed metal is in the original white and needs some love and attention. It comes with some ownership papers for the past two owners and various receipts for work done. Previously on full Victorian registration, it is being sold unregistered and with No Reserve.
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.


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