The Volkswagen Type 2 is the original monobox people-mover, born in 1950. Forming part of the German brand's Transporter series, it is known by different names around the world, such as Microbus, Campervan, or the Kombi that is the favoured named in Australia (where it landed in 1965). It's synonymous with the 'flower power' generation of the 1960s and 1970s, and beloved by backpackers, surfers and enthusiasts. Later Kombi generations were engineered completely differently: water-cooled rather than air-cooled, and front-engined and front-wheel drive rather than a rear-mounted engine driving the rear wheels.
1960s and 1970s models are truly iconic and loaded with character
Ride comfort of older models
Larger, multi-seat interiors of modern-day Kombis
2006 Kombi Beach's clever storage, front swivel seats and bed system
Safety and reliability of earlier models not a patch on later versions
Early models not cheap - and split-screen versions will cost you a motza
2006 Kombi Beach accommodated only four occupants
Next-generation Kombi not due till 2022 (and will be electric)
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.