Brazilian Bus: 1973 Volkswagen Type 2 Kombi – Sold?
July 26, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
To say that vintage air-cooled Volkswagen Bus prices remain hot in the collector car world is an understatement and if you watched Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas Event this past weekend (their first in-person auction since Scottsdale in February 2020) you witnessed that the trend shows no signs of letting up. In fact, we watched a 23 window “Tribute” – that means the builder converted an otherwise regular van to have all these windows added – cross the block for over $70,000.
Long after Volkswagen redesigned the Type 2 for most markets in 1967, Brazil kept the original and more desirable split windshield design in production. Consequently, another trend to capitalize on this hot market is the importation of these Brazilian versions such as this 1973 Kombi originally listed in July 2021 on Craigslist in North Kingstown, Rhode Island for $25,000. Inside, the most noticeable difference between this Kombi and a typical American VW bus is the absence of the full bulkhead just aft of the front seats.
Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Valuation Tool confirms the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $21,400 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $33,800.
Here’s the second owner’s detailed description:
“1973 Volkswagen Kombi Bus imported from Brazil. Has Safari Windshields, soundproofing and Pergo floors installed. Brand new Sunroof install.
Great little bus that I planned on converting into a camper but just don’t have time to complete it. Installing a replacement 1500 engine and can be driven anywhere.
Shows 00750 km rolled over (100,750 km = 62,500 miles) on the odometer
Open to trades (plus cash up or down) if it’s the right vehicle.
Just registered in Rhode Island and all import documents can be included with sale.”
Camp or Cruise – what would you do with this Kombi? Comment below and let us know!