Split-window Kombi fetches big money
TWO VOLKSWAGEN KOMBIS – A REFURBISHED SPLIT -window camper and a race car transporter – had mixed fortunes at last month’s Shannons’ autumn auction in Melbourne, Australia.
A former ‘barn find’ 1967 Split Window Kombi reached $Au67,000.
Fully restored to a high standard, the Australian-delivered Kombi with a campervan conversion was discovered in a shed 15 years ago and was given a five-year, ground-up restoration.
The Kombi is finished in 1960s-style two-tone cream over sky blue paintwork, and its interior has been completely refurbished, with the front seats upholstered in red vinyl.
It also got a full mechanical refurbishment, with its reconditioned 1600cc engine stroked to 1750cc and fitted with twin Weber carburettors. The original drum brakes were upgraded with a hidden booster.
Since its resurrection, the Kombi has done several longdistance trips and shorter weekend cruises.
Wolfsburg Automotive, based in Geelong, Victoria, built the unique 1976 Volkswagen race car transporter for an avid car collector and historic motorsport competitor.
The project took 12 months and reputedly cost more than $Au55,000. Wolfsburg extended the wheelbase of the former VW single cab utility by 1295mm to enable it to carry small sports cars or open wheeler racing cars on its four by 1.65 metre flatbed.
The Kombi’s body structure was reinforced with a handmade alloy-framed canopy with drop-down sides.
Wolfsburg fitted the truck with tyre racks, a winch and a compressor, and an air suspension system enabled the vehicle to be lowered for easier loading and unloading using a set of custom ramps.
The Kombi was upgraded mechanically with a 2.0-litre engine, and was finished in period-style triple-tone white, silver and Sage Green paintwork with orange stripes. The interior has cream and black upholstery and can seat three.
The VW was offered with a Victorian Engineer’s Certificate, but failed to sell at auction.
Shannons says Volkswagen’s once humble Kombi has become increasingly collectible and commands high prices at auction in Australia and globally.
Top left: Australian auction house Shannons sold this fully-restored former barn find 1967 Split Window VW Kombi campervan with upgraded mechanicals for $Au67,000 at its May sale in Melbourne. Top right: Interior of the restored Kombi is in immaculate condition. Right: This former 1976 Volkswagen Single Cab Utility was modified professionally to carry small sports cars or open wheeler racing cars on its extended flat-bed tray. It was passed in for $Au55,000.