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1957 Volkswagen Kombi



This 1957 Volkswagen Kombi is an Australian delivered, 11 window example that presents in refurbished condition to retain its originality. It is powered by a twin port 1192cc (1.1-litre) four-cylinder engine which sends power through a four-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels. This example currently displays 2,134km on its odometer.



The Volkswagen Type 2 – better known around the world as the Kombi – was introduced in 1949 with the same reliable running gear as found in the Beetle and soon carved a niche as a reliable, versatile and endearing workhorse. First seen in Australia in 1953 and sold as Completely Knocked Down vehicles assembled at the Clayton plant in Melbourne from 1954, the Kombi proved a huge success here and for years they were a common sight on Australia’s roads. The original Kombi featured a split windscreen body style (retrospectively termed T1) and initially kicked off with an 1131cc engine, later enlarged to 1192cc with 30bhp for 1953. With higher compression in 1955, output jumped to 34bhp while the body also came in for some revisions that year, the resultant T1B having a smaller engine bay cover (previous models are called ‘barn doors’), changed roofline and 15-inch wheels. Once the vehicle of choice for hippies in search of cheap transport, the Kombi has become highly collectible and early split window models like the van on offer here are highly prized.



Australian delivered, this 1957 11-window Kombi van bus purchased new by Vincent Seres of Atherton, far north Queensland in November 1957. It stayed in the Seres family until 2011. Taken off the road in 1969, it sat unused until purchased and brought to Melbourne, where it has undergone a gentle $25,000 refurbishment. According to the second owner, the aim of repair was preservation of this survivor bus, so everything was to remain as original as possible. Minor rust was repaired with new metal by VeeDub Insomnia, then Delux Kustoms carried out painstaking paint blending of the repaired areas was carried out to match the existing patina on the bus. During this time, a comprehensive mechanical overhaul was completed, with all new brakes, clutch, and driveline/gearbox, electrical, seals, etc were repaired or rebuilt as required. The current owner has had the vehicle since 2018, in which time it has always been parked under cover and used sparingly.



The exterior condition of this Kombi presents remarkably well, thanks to the refurbishment works mentioned above. The two-tone patina paintwork is smooth to the touch and shows next to no signs of external paint damage. Both exterior indicators pop out and function as they should and all five wheels (including spare) are the original and date matching.



The interior of the vehicle is in line with the survivor theme that the refurbishment outlined and shows no signs of major marks or damage. All internal equipment functions as it should including odometer, speedo and indicator lights.



The vehicle will be sold with a comprehensive collection of documentation including the original purchase paperwork, manuals and original insurance and registration papers from 1957.



To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in Victoria until 3/6/22. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number and it is not recorded as stolen or written off.



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