Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way -

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.

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