RESTORED KOMBI SETS RECORD
A 1960 Volkswagen Kombi Microbus set an Australian and probably world auction record when it sold for $202,000 at Shannons Classic Auction in Melbourne last week.
The price, paid by a phone bidder after a relentless battle with several rivals in the auction room, was substantially more than the $135,000 paid for a 1969 Falcon XW GT, one of Australia’s most desirable muscle cars and more than double the price paid for a 1968 Holden HK GTS Monaro 327 Coupe, which sold for $96,000.
Shannons experts were confident that the once-humble Kombi – fresh from a five-year restoration – could exceed its pre-auction guiding range of $120,000-$140,000.
Popular among hippies looking for cheap, live-in transport, early Kombis have attracted a cult following around the world, with top examples routinely fetching six figure sums at overseas auctions.
The step-through T2 Deluxe Microbus with its period Golde folding roof – regarded as the most collectible Kombi of all – was completed on December 13, 1960, and first delivered in Melbourne.
Beautiful in every detail, the Kombi was presented in the two-tone colours of paprika and white. But $202,000?
This VW Kombi fetched more than $200,000 at auction.