Op­por­tu­ni­ties at Shan­nons Spring Sale

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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

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