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1952 Kombie

Discussion in 'Splitty Tech Clinic' started by moowooga, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. moowooga

    moowooga New Member

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    Does anyone have any1952 idea of how many 1952 Kombies came to Australia and how many are still about?
     
  2. splitbus

    splitbus Well-Known Member

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  3. kombiing

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    They didn't start selling them until 1954 in australia I know of one 1952 that was imported lhd and was converted to rhd here in australia, if it is a genuine 1952 barndoor with piano hinge quarter vent windows there few and far between
     
  4. Ian 68

    Ian 68 New Member

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    Thats correct info right there, none came to Australia til 54, I believe there were fewer than 300 in total into Aus and NZ

    A genuine RHD of that age would indeed be a very very rare beast, the oldest RHD known to exist is a 52 I think.
     
  5. Weekender

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    The 54

    My dad had a 54 microbus with factory canvas sunroof. Sold in 1985. It has since been fully restored and lives in South Australia.
     

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  6. kombiing

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    Wow that is a great photo, thanks for posting it
     
  7. 1500king

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    There was a piano-vent hinge barny 23 deluxe here in Sa, Sunroof was converted to a pop top(home made, about the size of the sunroof). Was a non rear bumper car, had been painted martini olive. I believe the car has since been scrapped when the owner rolled it. The pics were amazing. I have also owned several NOS early Barndoor vent window stays in the past. They must have been here for the bits to have been ordered.
     
  8. Ian 68

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    Thats a great picture and thank you for sharing...wish I could get my hands on that roof rack !! I'm after one if you still have it stashed away ha ha .

    Interesting comments above about the non rear bumper bus and owning the NOS parts. I'm very confident that no buses were imported before early to mid 54 though, I believe the 1st shipment down under went to NZ, a total of 5 were shipped down and I'm also led to believe my 54 was one of that 1st shipment...not conformed yet though. I have found the sister bus to mine though, by all accounts on the ship down here, it's only 5 digits away on chassis numbers and is now restored and in the UK where it was shipped to years ago from NZ....still dove blue OG paint as well..

    1500King...you have a PM
     
  9. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    .....& look at the size of that engine bay hatch/door !! never seen anything like that...ever... !!
     
  10. Pastit

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    It's as big as a ............................................ barndoor.
     

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