Lot 101

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1959 Volkswagen Type 2 Swivel-Seat Kombi

SOLD $41,440


$50,000 - $70,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

One of Just 11 Known Surviving Swivel-Seat Kombis
Restored by an Internationally Known Marque Expert as a Personal Project
Presented in Its Original Color and Original Royal Mail Livery
Accompanied by Hatch with Rare Hand Painted Canadian Royal Mail Crest
Showstopping Addition to any Volkswagen Collection

Technical Specs

1,192 CC Air-Cooled Horizontally Opposed 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Downdraft Solex Carburetor
36 BHP at 3,600 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Trailing-Arm Suspension with Torsion Bars
Rear Swing-Axle Suspension with Torsion Bars
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This extraordinarily rare 1959 Volkswagen Type 2 Swivel-Seat Kombi, named for its driver seat that rotated to allow easy access, was found in derelict condition in a wooded area in Canada, and was purchased by a savvy Volkswagen enthusiast. At the time of discovery, the Kombi was finished in blue house paint, which was methodically removed, revealing the original finish. A rare and desirable hand painted Volkswagen script was discovered on its rear hatch and the Canadian Royal Mail crest was found on its hatch and flanks, evidence of its early life. That hatch was removed and preserved, and is included in the sale.

John Jones, an internationally known Volkswagen marque expert, purchased the bus as a personal project and moved it to his restoration facility, Kustom Coach Werks in Grand Junction, Colorado. One of just 11 known remaining Swivel-Seat Kombis, Jones understood its importance and embarked upon an exhaustive and meticulous journey to complete the most authentic restoration possible. Presented in its original Sealing Wax Red and Commercial Gray interior with Canadian Royal Mail livery, the stunning result is an exceptional example of how these little workhorses would have appeared and performed in period.

For the Volkswagen collector, this exceedingly uncommon 1959 Volkswagen Type 2 Swivel-Seat Kombi is worthy of serious consideration, and is likely to be a showstopping attraction wherever it is displayed.