Opportunities at Shannons Spring Sale
Shannons Melbourne Spring Auction on September 23 is the chance to own one of two rare and collectable early Volkswagens: a right hand drive ‘split rear window’ 1951 ‘Beetle’ and a restored ‘21-Window’ 1966 Volkswagen Kombi Microbus.
The very early Beetle 11B sedan was built in 1951 and delivered new to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and was one of the first ‘Split Window’ models factory-built with right hand drive.
The car remained in Africa until 1985 and reportedly spent some of its early life being used as a rally car. It arrived in Australia almost 30 years ago.
The car now has a slightly later 25hp motor, dating from 1953, and upgraded Deluxe hydraulic brakes replacing the original cable-operated items.
The split-case box, although not original to the car, is correct for the model and both the front and rear suspension are also of the correct 1951 type.
Painted Pearl Grey and with the seats re-trimmed in the correctstyle German material, Shannons are offering this potentially collectable early Beetle for sale with no reserve and expect it to sell in the $14 000 to $18 000 range.
Even more exciting for VW collectors is a rare ‘21-Window’ VW Kombi ragtop that was a personal import from Huntington Beach, California.
This iconic Volkswagen Microbus was restored in 2003 to its stylish period two-tone colour combination
Retaining its original left-hand drive configuration, the Kombi is powered by a later 1600cc engine and has been upgraded to 12 V, making it a practical proposition for cruising Australia’s best surf break beaches.
Because of its condition and iconic surfie status, Shannons expect the Kombi ‘ 21 Window’ to sell for between $40 000 and $48 000.
Other European classics in the auction include a 1957 Heinkel Kabinkruiser Type 154 Micro Car ($12 000 to $16 000) and a 1988 Citroen 2CV Beachcomber sedan expected to sell for between $8000 and $12 000.
The restored ‘21-Window’ 1966 Volkswagen Kombi Microbus