One of what is believed to be three Australian delivered 23 Window Volkswagen Bus models will attempt to set an Australian sales record for the vehicle when it comes across the auction block at Shannons Melbourne Late Summer sale later this month.  The recipient of a recent 5 year restoration, Shannons is estimating that the 23 Window "walk-through" Bus will sell for between $120,00-$140,000 (AUD) at auction setting a new record price in the process.  To get more information about the Bus, click here .

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  • Believed one of three Australian-delivered ’23-window’ models
  • Wonderful condition after 5-year restoration
  • Appreciating asset on world market

A rare, locally-delivered 1960 Volkswagen Kombi Samba Bus could re-write Australian auction records on February 23 when it is expected to sell in the $120,000-$140,000 (AUD) range at Shannons Melbourne Late Summer sale.


The stunning, right hand drive VW Type 2 Kombi is believed to be one of just three Australian-delivered walk-through ‘23-window’ Kombi Sambas and in wonderful condition after a fastidious five-year restoration.

Once the preserve of hippies looking for cheap, live-in transport, early Kombis have attracted a cult following around the world, with top examples routinely fetching six figure sums at overseas auctions in recent years.

The Volkswagen Type 2 was introduced in 1949 and rapidly established itself as one of the most versatile and popular commercial vehicles ever made.
Sharing the same reliable running gear found in the Beetle, the Kombi's unitary construction bodywork was supported by a ladder frame ideally suited for load carrying and it was sold initially as a van, a bus or as a pick-up.


The first examples were seen in Australia in 1953 and were assembled at VW’s Clayton plant in Melbourne from 1954.

The 'step-through' T2 Deluxe Microbus with its period  'Golde' folding roof that is being auctioned by Shannons – widely regarded as the most collectible Kombi of all – was completed on December 13, 1960 and first delivered in Melbourne.

Beautiful in every detail, the Kombi is presented in the delightful two-tone period colours of Paprika and White with contrasting tan upholstery and has subsequently been the recipient of several awards, including President's Choice at the Volkswagen Club of Victoria's ‘Day of the Volkswagen’ in 2013.


With documentation of the rebuild (including receipts) and registered in Victoria, Shannons National Auction Manager Christophe Boribon believes this is one of the most desirable Kombis to come to auction in Australia.

“It is a fabulous show piece for a Volkswagen collector and also a great and practical collectible,” he said.

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