What you may also be unaware of is that long-time motorcaravan converter Danbury has been importing these Brazilian-built bay window-style VWs for several years, and will be bagging a handful - probably less than 20 - of these final edition Kombis.
They’re certainly not cheap at £42,000 a throw, though neither are the last few of the non-limited edition versions, which start at £32,599. Your basic Kombi people carrier costs £13,500 in Brazil incidentally, before shipping, taxes and modifying it for UK use.
And a light rampage through the options list can generate an all-up price to rival that of a heavily-optioned Evoque. These are basic vehicles, and besides spending £1000 on a right-hand drive conversion you can also have lowered suspension and Porsche 911 Fuchs-style alloys for £2500, rack and pinion steering for £1199 (the fact that it’s offered suggests that you might need it) as well as a variety of items allowing you to turn it into the fabled campervan, ranging from beds to scatter cushions and the proverbial kitchen sink.
If you’re thrilled at the thought of hearing the high-pitched whistle of VW’s ancient flat-four you’re in for a small disappointment, because the Kombi has been propelled by an in-line water-cooled 1.4 litre VW Fox motor since 2007. Which is why there’s now a less-than-elegant slatted grilled scarring the Kombi’s famous bay-window prow.
Still, the (slightly) more modern motor makes it cleaner, the engine still lives at the rear hooked to a four-speed transmission and you’ll certainly get vintage acceleration given its 77bhp output.
Despite its snailsome performance, the idea of a freshly-minted VW camper legend appeals – think of the campervan lovers who run up massive bills trying to rid the flanks of their aged vans of rust and ripples. And it should certainly hold its value. Those tempted should know that the final batch of Kombi Last Editions arrives in December, for sale early next year.