1958 Rat-Look Splitty

22 01 2012

A bit of a rat-look going on here. A T1 kombi from 1958, spotted in Melbourne three days ago. Thanks for the snapshot, Bill! Nicely weathered red paint job mixed with lowered body, new safari windows at the front, and shiny new wheels and front badge. The owner said it is one of the rare models with doors on both sides of the back section and with right-hand-steering fitted already in the factory (and not later rebuilt from left-hand-steering). Personalized number plate with the manufacturing year and a German iron cross. The wheels also seem to be iron-cross inspired. Not sure why the English and apparently also some Australians associate kombis with the iron cross, but this motif pops up occasionally in the English VeeDub scene. A pre-1960 kombi with semaphores in the B columns instead of indicators on the front. But when you look closely, it seems the head lights are modified and have a little yellow indicator bulb incorporated. Cool bus!


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