Name: 1960 Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) Split-Screen Kombi
Year(s) Produced: 1950-1967
Number Built: (?)
Class: Light Commercial Vehicle
Body Type: 5-door minibus
Engine: 1.6L B4
Power: 36bhp @ 3700 RPM
Top Speed: (?)
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Length/width/height: 168.5 in/67.7 in/76.4 in
Wheelbase: 94.5 in.
Base Price: US$1,995 – US$2,885
Current Value: US$202,000 (Shannons Auction)
Last February of 2015, a rare 1960 VW Kombi split-screen went under the hammer at Shannons Auction in Melbourne for more than US$200,000. It was noted to have been sold at an all time high not only in Australia but perhaps the whole world. People were amazed on how far the value of the ‘Splittie’ has skyrocketed considering that these minibuses initially cost on an average of US$1,995 to US$2,800. This Kombi is really something to fall in love with. The white roofed and Paprika red bodied Kombi with tan interior was another example of excellent restoration. It’s pivoting barn-style doors and Golde folding sunroof offers a very cool and welcoming atmosphere around the Kombi.
Well considering this, we can probably say that the world has moved on. Iain Curry from thechronicle.com observed that this humble vehicle is slowly getting the attentions of those with cash to burn. “These basic air-cooled buses are quickly becoming the reserve of millionaires rather than hard-up students, with even basket case rusted shells selling for five figures,” Iain comments.
In fact, prices have gone a bit crazy recently. Last December, another Kombi, a 1967 model split-window microbus went under the hammer for the second time at Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction with a starting price of between $60,000 and $80,000. Bidding stopped at a perplexing $158,000. True enough, the Kombi was a delight to see with its red and beige body full restored. But one can’t help but muse that for all the shine and appeal of the Kombi, there are several of these things around the world still being used either for bringing village kids to school or to haul junk to the scrap yard.
Some may also argue that at US$200K, you might get a better deal already, more than what you can get from a Kombi. Of course, there is a grain of truth there but Volkswagen is Volkswagen, together with all its charm and beauty. After all, if you’re a millionaire, the cost of choosing a VW Kombi becomes irrelevant.