1961 Volkswagen Kombi



This 1961 Volkswagen Kombi split-window bus is a true time-warp example, presenting in restored condition with a great specification. It is powered by a twin port 1600cc (1.6-litre) four-cylinder engine which sends power through a four-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels. This example currently displays 12,378km on its odometer.



Following the success of the Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle), Volkswagen unveiled the light-commercial Type 2 (Kombi) van which used a forward control design with a flat face and an engine at the rear. While intended as a utilitarian workhorse for transporting people and goods, the Kombi came to represent the personalities and characters of its owners. It’s a style icon thanks to its symbolism and popularity through the Flower Power movement of the 60s and 70s, but owners these days cherish the Kombi for its pop culture status and lovable design. Pristine split-window models such as this are some of the most desirable variants, often trading hands for well over six-figure sums.



This Kombi is finished in split-tone white-over-turquoise paintwork, while featuring a red-and-white upholstered interior. It retains its original roof basket while riding on a set of chrome-capped hubcap wheels with whitewall tyres. Other items added include an engine immobiliser, electronic ignition, brake booster, and inlet manifold heater (to help prevent icing up when cold).



A german built factory right hand drive example that was delivered new to Thailand, the current owner of this Volkswagen Kombi first purchased the vehicle in 2014 and has spent considerable time and effort ensuring it looks and runs beautifully. The car was resprayed in 2014 and much of the exterior trim was replaced including rubbers, Safari windows, and doors. New lights were fitted, both front and rear. The engine was also overhauled at this time, replacing fuel and vacuum lines, while the gearbox was also refurbished. The brakes have also been reworked. The car comes with a recent oil change. The owner notes the car runs perfectly smooth, having been used periodically as a wedding car. A pre-purchase inspection was carried out in December 2021 by VW Performance which only highlighted two minor points, one being the king pins needing replacement, which the owner has purchased and is awaiting availability to fit. The second was there is very minor play in the steering box which can not be detected when driving and again due to the time of the year is yet to be attended to. All other aspects of the vehicle passed with flying colours and given available time these two minor items would have been attended to.



The exterior condition of this Kombi presents remarkably well, thanks to the restorative works mentioned above. The two-tone paintwork reflects nicely and shows next to no signs of external paint damage. All chrome exterior trim shines brightly, some parts displaying patina commensurate with age. The owner notes a small paint crack in the roof under the roof rack and mentions a small crack in the paint in front of the passenger windscreen. All four wheels present in fantastic, polished condition and the tyres are near-new.



Interior condition is impeccably kept, with red-and-white vinyl upholstery showing in taut, unmarked order and no overt signs of damage. The dash shows in complete and undamaged condition and the front bench looks to be in fine order. The owner notes only the two rear side windows open, and the original interior light is not working. All carpeting shows clean and unmarked. The original radio is present with attached aerial, though it is not connected.



This car will be sold with associated receipts, manuals, a VW car cover, and an extensive list of spare parts.



This listing is to the best of the sellers knowledge and is not misleading or deceptive 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 unregistered and is not recorded as stolen or written off. There are not any security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.



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