VW Kombi Race Transporter

Coming up for sale soon at the Melbourne Shannons Auction is the little beauty.

It’s the perfect car carrier for your classic car (most likely a Porsche or VW).   I have copied the auction wording here to ensure no errors……….and here is a link to the original auction 


The Volkswagen Type 2 – better known to Australians as the Kombi – was introduced in 1949 and rapidly established itself as one of the most versatile and popular commercial vehicles ever made.  Sharing the same reliable running gear found in the Beetle, the Kombi’s unitary construction bodywork was supported by a ladder frame ideally suited for load carrying.  The Type 2 was initially sold as a van, bus or pick-up, although as time went on these basic models were expanded into a bewildering array of offshoots, including campers, ambulances and many more derivatives.  First seen in Australia in 1953 and sold as Completely Knocked Down vehicles assembled at the Clayton plant in Melbourne between 1954 and 1977, the Kombi proved hugely successful in this country and for years they were a common sight on our roads.  The original Kombi featured a split windscreen body style (retrospectively termed T1) and initially started out with an 1131cc flat-four engine, with mechanical changes mirroring the Beetle.  Towards the end of 1967 Volkswagen released a revised Kombi with a one-piece curved glass windscreen and beneath the so-called T2 bodywork lay bigger changes, including new rear suspension that did away with the previous swing axles and constant velocity joints to control the ride height.  The second generation Kombi was powered by a 1600cc version of the Beetle’s engine developing 47 horsepower, making it much easier – not to mention safer – to drive.  Local production continued at Clayton using CKD kits imported from Germany after 1976 until February 1977.  Once the preserve of hippies looking for cheap transport, the Kombi now enjoys a cult following around the world and while values of early ‘split window’ models continue to skyrocket, the T2 model remains relatively affordable.


  • Professionally built Volkswagen Kombi transporter
  • Custom features like air suspension, racks and canopy
  • Unique period race car transporter
Starting life as a 1976 Volkswagen Kombi Single Cab Utility, this unique custom transporter was professionally constructed by Wolfsburg Automotive in Geelong, Victoria for the current owner, an avid car collector and historic racer.  Built over a twelve-month period and costing in excess of $55,000, the wheelbase was extended by 1295mm to accommodate a car on the flat bed, the body structure suitably reinforced and a hand-made alloy framed canopy with drop-down sides.  Other noteworthy items include the tyre racks, winch and compressor, with air suspension enabling the vehicle to be lowered to provide easier access via a set of custom ramps.  Mechanically upgraded using a 2-litre engine, the Volkswagen is beautifully presented in period-style triple-tone white, silver and Sage Green paintwork with orange stripes, while the tidy interior is trimmed in cream and black upholstery with seating for three.  A definite star of the paddock at any historic race meet or classic car show, the Volkswagen is the perfect way to transport any car to and from events in style.  To be offered for sale unregistered,  the vehicle comes with a Victorian Engineer’s Certificate.
But, seriously, my concern is getting a classic car THAT HIGH onto the back of a stretched kombi.  Check out these loading ramps.
If that car is 7 metres long, then the loading ramps must be at least 14 metres long.   I think you’d need rather large plums to get your classic car on and off that thing without looking like a complete dick.

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