Magic memories

From supercars to much sought after holiday vehicles, but no, I haven’t been on holiday in one of these.

That’s because it’s a 1958 Volkswagen T2 Kombi (Splitscreen).

In fact it dates back to 1950, when it first made its appearance as a multi-variant utility vehicle, known as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus (depending on body type).

It was devised as an evolution of the Type 1. In other words the original Beetle.

The first generation of these versatile vehicles was produced with distinctive split-screens from 1950 until 1967. Only two models were originally offered, the Kombi and the Commercial.

Manufactured on 27th March 1958, and delivered to New Zealand, this Volkswagen was imported into the UK in 2016.

Its condition can only be described as exceptional, and being right hand drive it’s an ideal fun vehicle to take to the beach.

Historics say they’ve been told that the 1600cc engine runs well, but add: “These vehicles are simple in their make-up and are easy to maintain for a competent home mechanic.”

Supplied with a V5C registration document it’s got 38,046 miles on the clock and is finished in the striking colour combination of orange and white two-tone coachwork with grey interior.

Estimated value: £30,000 – £35,000.

Mini 1275GT

Now here’s a car that brings back the most fantastic memory for me.

It’s a 1984 Mini 1275GT, almost identical to the one that I owned, except mine was more orange than yellow.

It was my third Mini in a row, and it proved to be the place where I saw my son scramble upright and walk for the very first time.

I was driving the car in Lincoln, where I worked on the Lincolnshire Echo at the time, when I looked in the rear view mirror to see that my baby David was standing up on the back seats and looking out of the back window.

It was a different world then. These days he would have been strapped into a child’s seat.

In those days my wife and I were just happy to see him actually standing up without any help.

My car was actually older than this one, with the registration plate TWV 999J, and its logbook showed that the previous owner had the title of “Lady” Somethingorother.

For the entire three years I owned it, it never gave me a moment’s trouble, unlike the two Minis that came before it, which were mostly nightmares, but were easy to fix.

This one is showing 37,658 miles on the odometer, but auctioneers Historics say it’s actually done 41,103 miles from new.

Historics explain: “This delightful Mini was originally registered on 26th August 1978, having been supplied by Wadham Stringer in St. Austell, Cornwall.

“The vendor is a knowledgeable Mini enthusiast and spent months looking for a car of this quality. A documented speedometer change occurred when she had covered a mere 3,445 miles making the total mileage this 1275GT has covered up to 41,103 miles.

“This is confirmed by a history folder containing MoT test certificates dating back to 1984 and the original service books, which are also present.

“Invoices in the file confirm an oil service was carried out in June 2019 and, in July, work was carried out on the rear brakes.

“Finished in yellow with grey interior, this Mini Clubman is supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 20th May 2020 together with a spare set of keys.

“These highly sought-after Minis are rare to find, particularly when presented in largely original condition as this one appears to be.”

Estimated value: £10,000 – £13,000.