Kombi star of the show
The Kombi, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 2 Transporter, was introduced in 1950 and picked up numerous nicknames including ‘‘microbus’’, ‘‘minibus’’, ‘‘kombi’’ and because of its popularity during the ’60s as a ‘‘hippie van’’.
The first model was the Commercial (a van) and the Kombi (with side windows and seats) but variants such as the Microbus, Deluxe Microbus and ambulance were soon added. A single-cab ute was available from 1952. From 1955 it received a tailgate.
Engines started with the Beetle’s 18kW 1.1-litre aircooled flat-four. In 1953 this was upgraded to a 22kW 1.2-litre version and to 30kW in 1959. The 1963 model introduced a 38kW 1.5-litre engine, upped to 40kW from 1967.
The 1964 model had a wider rear door and optional sliding — rather than hinged barn-door - side door.
The Type 2, along with the 1947 Citroen H Van, are among the first forward-control vans in which the driver was placed above the front wheels and soon started a trend in Europe.
The split-screen ended production in 1967, superseded by the ‘‘bay window’’ range. Amanda says. ‘‘I found this in the country. It had no rust and a 1.5-litre engine — it runs really well and I’ve had no problems with it.’’
As a 21st birthday present, Amanda’s father gave her personalised number plates with the same registration as those used in the movie.
The Kombi is used for camping and ‘‘cruising’’, says Amanda, with her Suzuki GSX-R 750 used for dayto-day travel. ‘‘Yes, it has more power than the Kombi,’’ she says.
Amanda Williams says her 1963 split-screen Kombi — which starred in the movie Bran Nue Dae — still ‘‘runs really well’’