1979 Volkswagen Kombi Transporter – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Having undergone a thorough restoration, this Transporter is a ready-to-go cruiser

Volkswagen enjoyed over a decade’s tenure of manufacturing in Australia; starting in 1954 assembling the Beetle in Clayton. At its height, it was manufacturing most of its components in-house.

After 14 years, the factory was relegated back to assembly-only in 1968 due to a decrease in sales making VW cars sold thereafter in Australia significantly more expensive imports.

This 1979 Kombi is one of those post-manufacturing imports, and likely a little rarer than the previously more-affordable locally made cars.

It’s an Australian delivered Bay Window, numbers matching with a 2.0lt manual.

The Kombi has had a full tear-down restoration, all rust has been repaired, and the body is now dipped in two-tone Antique Cream over Willow Green.

The factory engine and gearbox has been rebuilt to original specs and factory drum brakes have been overhauled.

The Kombi’s party piece however, is its interior.

It features front captains’ chairs, and a modular rear bench seat setup that can be adjusted to create a double bed!

The seller points out that the Kombi is registered as a two-seater as the rear seats lack seatbelts.

The car has travelled over 4,000kms since the rebuild, and was serviced after 1500kms.

Since the photo above was taken, the Kombi has received a custom roof rack and the colour-coded bumpers have been triple plated chrome.

This is one of the more extensive and detailed ads we’ve seen, which reflects well on the seller.

The car is currently on Club reg in Victoria, which cannot be transferred.

The car is listed at $41,900 and represents only part of the build cost. While the most affordable Kombis can be had for around low-$20,000s, this thorough restoration needs nothing done but to drive and enjoy.

You can check out the full listing here!

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