1967 Volkswagen Kombi Van
A Collector's Piece
There’s no doubt the designers of the original Volkswagen Kombi would be astounded by the interest in these vehicles seven decades after the first one rolled off the production line. But the fact is that the original, split-windscreen VW Kombi is among the most sought-after and collectible vehicles around right now, and it has been for at least the last 20 years. Despite its humble specifications and the fact that it was designed to be worked to death as a commercial vehicle to get post-war Germany back on its feet, the Kombi has simply gone from strength to strength as a collectible.
This example is a 1967 model; the very last of the split-windscreen models. A such it had a slightly larger, slightly more powerful engine and is, therefore, the nicest of the early Kombi’s to drive. Even so, straight-line performance is limited and the four-speed manual gearbox, torsion-bar suspension and drum brakes are all limiting factors. The point is, though, that while that might matter in the vast majority of other collectible cars, it doesn’t do the VW’s chances any harm at all. It’s a feel-good car, with a relaxed vibe and, in the case of this one, it’s also in fabulous condition.
This car sports a couple of interesting options, too. The first is what’s known as `Safari’ windows where the two front windscreens are hinged from the top and can be swung open for a truly open-air driving experience. The second is a pair of retro-styled roof racks complete with timber slats, which speaks of the VW’s acceptance by the surfing community on the west coats of the USA which really took the humble bus to its bosom and cemented its place in motoring history.
Commercial-grade Kombi’s in the day were very sparsely equipped, but being a passenger-oriented version, this Kombi has what’s known as Deluxe trim which includes a much more complete interior fit-out as well as stainless-steel outer trim and the double-decker `towel-rail’ bumper-bars.
Features include: Opening windscreens, retro roof racks, four-speed manual transmission, retrimmed interior, Deluxe trim, nine-seat layout.