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Friday, July 12, 2019

Volkswagen Kombi Type 2

  Volkswagen Kombi Type 2

VolksWagen Komi

This straight, dry-state import with a vigorous 2.0 engine makes a lot of sense

VolksWagen Komi

VOLKSWAGEN'S EVER -POPULAR Type 2 is one of the few classics recognizable even to those with zero interest in old cars. In split-screen form, like this, they are now the most valuable of all air-cooled ‘'Volkswagen with the exception of the earliest Beetles. This one began life as an American export Kombi* a windowed immure of passenger and cargo vehicle. It is as imported to the UK a few years ago and restored as a camper of, more accurately, day van - there is no fridge, cooker or sink. It looks very good in what must be a non -original colour scheme, with a kw traces of orange peel but none of the bubbles, touch-ups or traces 01 filler so often seen around the door apertures, sills, arches and steps. vendor got the van from the restorer and says hardly any new panels were required, which fits is the overall look of the seams and panel fit. There are wobbles in the surface here and there and a couple of dings in the roof but It's only the incipient rust -staining in the rain gutter that needs any remedy. The narrow-white walled hankook Optima 195 75/I4s work well with the two-tone paint. The interior is something of a personal choice - the upholstery is textured leatherette with VW logos on the front seats, while the rear is halfway to being a hill camper, with a small bed, a side bench and a television in, powered by a mains hook-up in the engine bay. There's also a working ['ropes heater with the controls in the driver's seat pedestal. The floor, seat bases and ceiling are paneled with a dark oak -stained planking.

There's a retro-look modern stereo and four fitted speakers. on the road it's a mixture of pleasant surprises and familiar shortcomings; anyone  who hasn't driven a Splittie in a while will spend the first Mlle Of two performing a series of slight 1 -bends doss!) the road, overcompensating for the slow stet -ring. 'the seating position also takes some getting used to, being so offset to the left of the pedals. The gear change is neat and positive via a large Empi shifter, hut the engine demands most of your attention. It's a new 2.0 -litre twin-carb unit fitted after the restoration and is very noisy, largely due to the absence of a mattress or a pile of camping gear Iselund the rear seat. But it has a lot of urge; enough to need a higher final drive to take advantage of the extra capacity - 55mph is about all that's comfortable. The brakes are fine but there's no servo so a strong kg is needed to stop the van quickly when full. Prices for split-semen vans vary drastically, hut full campers based on this hod, and more in good  condition. 1 so there's room in the asking price to install soundproofing, fit taller gearing and even modify the interior to suit your needs without overspending.

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