1959 Volkswagen Kombi
This 1959 Volkswagen Kombi van is a one-of-a-kind build, having undergone a no-expense-spared transformation to become a comfortable, show winning, iconic cruiser. It is powered by a 2276cc air-cooled four-cylinder engine that sends power through a four-speed Rancho Freeway Flyer manual transmission. The odometer shows 30,381km but has only travelled around 2,000km since its restoration.
The Volkswagen Kombi is a light commercial vehicle and Volkswagen’s second-ever model. Following Volkswagen’s first car, the Type 1 (Beetle), the Type 2 (Kombi) features a forward control design with a flat nose and engine at the rear. It is one of the first mass-produced vehicles to use the ‘van’ design language that still exists to this day. The Volkswagen Kombi has come full circle throughout its 70-year history and now exists as a style icon, namely for its retro looks and simple nature. These first-generation Buses, especially the split window variant as shown here, are becoming highly sought-after as older generations start to come into money. The Kombi has ascended to pop culture status for its popularity through the Hippie movement of the 1960s.
This Kombi’s retro look is bolstered by extensive upgrades to the car’s mechanicals that make it an engaging vehicle to drive. Its two-tone brown over cream exterior colour combination pairs excellently with a cream-upholstered interior and body-coloured 15-inch Beetle wheels. The Kombi has been lowered on four-inch narrowed and adjustable beam and drop spindles. Other modifications include Panchito heads, IDF carburettors, disc brakes up front and VW Type 3 drum brakes at the rear. The interior is custom, with original seats, carpet, and headlining all reupholstered to match the exterior. This Kombi has also been upgraded with a Retro Sounds head unit and Focal audio system.
Having spent some of its life in New Zealand, this Volkswagen Kombi was shipped to its current home in Western Australia mid-way through its build. It has always benefitted from the utmost of care, though has been especially looked after since its no-expense-spared restoration. The goal for the build had always been a low-slung, big engine bus, that would both delight and surprise unsuspecting motorists. This lead to it being featured in VW Magazine Australia – issue #68 Nov 20-Jan21.
The exterior is painted in custom brown and beige two pack acrylic paint which still presents flawlessly to this day. This is, in part, thanks to a ceramic coating applied to the Kombi which not only protects the paint, but makes cleaning a breeze too. There is next to no damage observed on the body of this bus, which still looks like it should be sitting inside a museum. Everything functions as it should, including the pop-out windows, turn signal indicators, and all lights. The wheels are all unmarked and are wrapped in a set of Kumho Ecsta tyres with a solid amount of tread depth remaining.
A fully customised interior features cream upholstery and a number of unique touches including American Black Walnut flooring and suspended front head rests. Condition is described as immaculate on all materials used throughout the cabin – the seats have no marks or tears and the wooden floor is largely unscratched.
All listed modifications will be sold with this 1959 Volkswagen Kombi.
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