Buy this ‘field found’ 1964 volkswagen split window kombi
A rusting, non-running, field found 1964 volkswagen split window Kombi will go under the hammer at the Shannons Melbourne Summer Auction on December 8. So cool.
DIAMOND IN THE rough. That’s the best way to describe this ‘field found’ 1964 Volkswagen ‘Split Window Kombi which will go under the hammer on December 8 at Shannons Melbourne Summer Auction.
Sitting in a paddock for the last 15 years, this Kombi has quietly been rusting away while the owner, says Shannons, has knocked back all offers from passers-by to buy the thing. “The vendor acquired the original right hand drive Kombi in 1972 with just 12,801 miles showing on its odometer and reportedly drove it regularly before an engine fire put it off the road around 1980,” a statement reads.
Apparently the vendor always intended to restore the Kombi but never got around to it. It’s being sold in, er, non-running nick and in dire need of a full restoration.
With values of ‘Split Window’ Kombis soaring in recent years, Shannons National Auction Manager Christophe Boribon said it was becoming increasingly rare to find worthwhile, unmolested examples for restoration.
“This wonderful time-warp example presents a rare opportunity for the Kombi enthusiast,” he said. “It has created enormous interest so far and we expect some feverish bidding from floor, telephone and also online bidders.”
Shannons says it expect the ‘Project’ Kombi to sell with ‘no reserve’ in the $8,000-$12,000 range, but Boribon admitted this might be a conservative estimate.
Beyond the ‘field found’ Kombi, Shannons will also auction of a very cool-looking restored 1951 DKW Model F-89L Schnell-Laster 8-seater Combi-Bus that has been in the same family ownership since 1960. The Combi with its two-cylinder 688cc engine and three-speed manual gearbox was originally imported by Regent Motors of Melbourne and is believed to be the only example of a DKW Bus to reach Australia, Shannons says.
Because of is rarity, wonderful provenance and good useable condition, Shannons expect the Combi-Bus to sell in the $15,000-$20,000 range.