VW Kombi Choices
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VW Kombi Choices

By Shannons - 15 August 2023
  • 1976 Kombi Coffee Van
  • Turn-key restored 1977 Volkswagen T2 Deluxe Kombi Van
  • Wonderful and collectible 1975 Volkswagen split-windscreen Fleetline Kombi microbus

Volkswagen’s ubiquitous commercial (Kombi) vehicles were the favourite of hippies, surfers and free-loving travellers from their earliest split windscreen models of the 1950s to their later T3 days in the 1970s.

Their uncompromising brick-like design which prioritised function over form, combined with their proven air-cooled VW mechanicals made them a favourite amongst younger travellers and that popularity still exists today, with high prices commanded by sound examples.

Shannons have four great work and play examples in their Timed Online Winter Classic Auction that runs from August 15-22.


First, to work. The 1976 Volkswagen Kombi Coffee Van offered in running project condition offers both options from the parking lot of your favourite surf beach.

Fitted out inside with a full-on commercial coffee machine, twin sinks and stainless steel benches, the 1976 T2 Kombi coffee van on offer is ready to do business. However, while the fit-out is set to go – there’s even a built-in cash draw.

The vendor purchased the Kombi in NSW in 2020 and operated the business in the small Victorian tourist town of Bellbridge (overlooking Lake Hume), until a farm relocation made that impractical.

Indicating 56,241km (at the time of cataloguing), this 1976 VW ‘Kombi Canteen’ has all the gear you’ll need to do business but the van itself is going to need work to bring it back to its best. However for a travelling business investment of $18,000-$26,000 you could take your time.

1977 Volkswagen T2 Deluxe Kombi Van

If you would prefer a non-working travelling companion, the turn-key 1977 Volkswagen T2 Deluxe Kombi Van that has enjoyed a first -class restoration by the Sunshine Coast Kombi Shop and presented very attractively in the period livery of Miami Blue and Casablanca White, could be more your thing.

In its restoration, the three-owner 1977 8-seater Deluxe Bay Window Type 2 Kombi was treated to a full bare metal restoration while complete underbody rustproofing was applied.

Resplendent in its presentation, the Kombi would make the perfect van to cruise down to the beach, or across the country, with room for all of your friends. It is expected to sell for $50,000-$60,000.

1976 Volkswagen Kombi Van

An alternative is a well-presented 1976 Volkswagen Kombi Van offered by its long-term Sydney owner.

This very smart Kombi Camper Van has benefited from recent cosmetic refurbishment, including fresh two-tone red and white paint and it comes with a long list of aftermarket features, including a fold-out bed and a bulbar.

Showing 13,526km at the time of cataloguing, mechanical improvements include a fuel injected 2-litre engine upgrade and front and rear sway bars. It is expected to sell for $25,000 - $35,000.

1975 Volkswagen Fleetline Kombi

For traditionalists, there is a collectible 1975 Volkswagen split-windscreen Fleetline Kombi microbus presented authentically with period headlamp stone shields and a roof rack.

Set up as a period microbus, it could easily be converted to a surfing buddy or a camper-van and is perfect for the VW enthusiast preferring the early Kombi styling This well presented grey and white Kombi is expected to sell for $70,000-$80,000.