Lot 371: Volkswagen Type 2 Kombi Microbus Project
As readily recognisable as the immortal 'Beetle' itself and a cult vehicle in its own right, the Volkswagen Type 2 and its derivatives enjoyed an even longer period in production than their saloon progenitor. The original was conceived in the late 1940s by a Dutch Volkswagen agent, Ben Pon, who drew up plans for a van based on the Beetle floor pan and running gear. Known as the Volkswagen Type 2 (the Beetle saloon being Type 1) the result of Pon's efforts arrived in 1950 and almost immediately proliferated into a bewildering variety of models catering for an enormous range of commercial and domestic activities. Engines grew in size and power while both handling and comfort improved as development progressed. By 1968, when the first major revision of this outstandingly successful design occurred, almost two million had been sold worldwide. An unfinished restoration project, this right-hand drive, 'walk thru' bus comes with a dismantled engine and various other parts. The vehicle was imported from Indonesia in 2009 and is offered with the original Indonesian registration document and HM Customs duty paid receipt. Sold strictly as viewed. No reserve.
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Bonhams, The Royal Airforce Museum, London, UK
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£5175|
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