Kombi star of the show

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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’’

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