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1973 Volkswagen Kombi Other
gearbox, no engine brakes still work windows front lights & chrome trimmings grill & bumpers body in good condition -ideal for restoration project
Her elegant body was designed by Italian firm Carrozzeria Touring in the mid-60s, giving her a unique style that attracts a lot of attention. She brings much joy and has appeared in numerous magazine features and a book on classic cars and the owners. The Jensen is in a very good, original condition for her age and she is ready to go at the turn of the key. Even after a few weeks of being parked, put in the key and it will start. Apart from a healthy appetite for fuel, she is a complete joy to cruise on the open roads but hates Cape Town’s gridlocked roadways. Who doesn’t?
This is a 1972 model Series III matching numbers car, powered by the more sought after 6,3-liter Chrysler 383 ‘Golden Commando’ V8, which is quite a bit more responsive than the later 440 ‘de-tuned’ engine – the 383 had fewer emission controls. This car has an automatic transmission, air conditioning and Connolly leather seats, which do require some TLC. She is fitted with factory specified Pirelli tyres, which are still relatively new. The body has a few small rust bubbles but otherwise clean and straight. All bright work is in place and in good shape for the age of the vehicle.
Entire car rewired
Paint not original. Resprayed a Jensen Royal Blue (Code: 130) by the previous owner (probably in the 80s). The original factory colour was a more age-appropriate but possibly less appealing Oakland Green.
‘SP-style’ engine hood vents added by the previous owner, as was the matching ‘Interceptor SP’ badge at the rear. We have an original ‘Interceptor III’ waiting to be fitted.
Second radiator fan fitted by previous owner’s mechanic (Graham Austin) so that the V8 could cope better with the African heat.
Recently fitted a more efficient, UK agent-specified electronic distributor system (www.martinrobey.com) Steering rack and power steering unit overhauled and refitted recently.
Car is currently busy being restored by professional restoration shop. Project about 70% complete.