I should have known that it would no ordinary Kombi!
If it made it to Kimba and back, thatís a great vehicle!
It made it to Perth and back, but it did need a top end refresh when it got back.
It is a perfectly ordinary 1974 Kombi with only two "quirks" - it is automatic and it used to have an air conditioner. Sadly time took a toll on the A/C and it was beyond repair when the Kombi was restored over 2016~17.
It gets horridly confusing with VW model designations.
Type 1 - Beetle
Type 2 - Kombi - Originally used the type 1 engine
Type 3 - more "normal" looking car is sedan, notchback and wagon - used a special version of the type 1 engine called a "pancake" with crank mounted fan and very low profile overall.
Type IV - ambitious "normal" car - failed totally int he market place. But engine for this car was a shared design with Porsche and also used in Porsche 914. The Type IV engine was used in post 1972 Kombis after both the Type IV car and the 014 belly-flopped in he market.
The Final development of the Type IV engine was in the T2 (bread box) Kombi of about 1980 - in the final form it was fuel injected and water cooled - a great engine with finnicky maintenance requirements that owners rarely kept up - most of the surviving fleet now have Subaru power which is a near "bolt up".
Love your photo of the country buggy. I owned two of the them. By far the rarest post-war manufactured VW, but utterly worthless as they were made in Australia and the Philippines only and in such small numbers that no one knows what they are. There is one in the VW museum and it is amusing to ask passersby what they think it is.
here is a photo of my pair of the damn things - One I registered the other I sold. The registered one was then sold shortly after when I decided that if I wanted that sort of vehicle I'd buy a Moke which has more performance and is safer to boot.