Aussie Volkswagen Kombi sells for $210,000

Shannons Auctions sold a rare Volkswagen Kombi van for $202,000.
David McCowen

Shannons Auctions sold a rare Volkswagen Kombi van for $202,000.

You can buy a lot of car for A$202,000 (NZ$210,300).

For example, in New Zealand, Audi's A7 sportsback, a Porsche Cayenne S Diesel, a Maserati Ghibli, Mercedes-Benz's E63 AMG and a 2015 Aston Martin Vantage V8 all slip under the mark.

But to an anonymous collector with an unbridled passion for air-cooled vans, that money was put to use securing a 1960 Volkswagen Kombi.

The model features "paprika red" paint and a tan interior.
David McCowen

The model features "paprika red" paint and a tan interior.

Shannons Auctions in Melbourne sold the bus for a record price this week after a heated battle between several enthusiasts. Experts expected the machine to sell for A$120,000 to A$140,000 before watching it sell for what may be an international record.

Volkswagen Kombi or "Type 2" vans regularly reach six figures at auction thanks to a cult following helped by roles in films such as Cars, Little Miss Sunshine, Back to the Future and Bran Nue Dae.

The car was first sold overseas in 1949 before coming to Australia in 1953 and assembled in Melbourne from 1954. The simple van was built in its millions for six decades before production finally stopped in Brazil.

Shannons says the result represents an Australian record.
David McCowen

Shannons says the result represents an Australian record.

Australia's most expensive Kombi is finished in white over paprika red paint with tan upholstery. The car received several awards within the Volkswagen community following an extensive restoration.

Shannons national auction manager Christophe Boribon said the sale brought a standing ovation to the auction floor, and that the "spectacular result" set a positive outlook for used car sales in 2015.

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 - drive.com.au

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