Volkswagen Type 3/Kombi 1957-1990 - 2021 Market Review

By: Cliff Chambers

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2021 Market Review - Volkswagen Type 3/Kombi 1957-19900

It is six years since a rare Kombi ‘Samba’ topped $200K at a local auction and owners have been trying ever since to emulate that price. Confirmed sales of pre-1967 versions during the past year didn’t even reach our $80K average and any that are priced above $100,000 will likely to remain unsold for some time.

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Utes and dual cabs in the $45-70,000 range are still in touch with reality. Post-1968 versions have more space, improved handling, even a few safety features and are value at $35-50,000. They are also found with camper conversions to help justify their place in your garage.

The Type 3 1500 and 1600 couldn’t outsell or outlast the Beetle but they make excellent ‘family classics’. Fuel-injected 1600TLE Fastbacks are climbing in value but $40,000 isn’t as yet typical.

1500/1600 Type 3 $26,190 [5]

1500TS/1600TL $40,000 [1]

Kombi 1958-67 $57,785 [10]

Microbus 1958-67 $84,815 [26]

Kombi 1968-81 $42,430 [23]

Microbus 1968-81 $54,220 [15]

Campmobile 1968-81 $36,380 [16]

Transporter 1982-90 $19,070 [16]

[*] = number of recorded sales

(Note: concours & special cars may demand more.)

Numbers from our 2021 European & British Value Guide.


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From Unique Cars #456, Aug 2021


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