Central West Car Club | Kristy Berry and her 1969 Volkswagen Deluxe Microbus

UNEXPECTED: While searching for a different kind of Kombi and for her daughter, Kristy Berry found this 1969 Volkswagen Deluxe Microbus instead, something she has always wanted. Photo: Jeff McClurg
UNEXPECTED: While searching for a different kind of Kombi and for her daughter, Kristy Berry found this 1969 Volkswagen Deluxe Microbus instead, something she has always wanted. Photo: Jeff McClurg

This 1969 lowlight Kombi is the pride and joy of Kristy Berry from Parkes.

If you're thinking Kristy is a familiar face behind the wheel then you'd be right.

She's previously featured with her green bay window Kombi called Mabel, but I had to find out a bit more about this latest acquisition called Ruby.

"I've got a habit for naming my cars," Kristy said.

"And this one was no exception.

"It's got a beautiful red interior and my husband's gran and my great aunt were both called Ruby so the choice was easy."

The Kombi is officially a 1969 Volkswagen Deluxe Microbus.

They've long been called a lowlight for the front indicators mounted low below the headlights as compared to the later model Bay Window with high mounted blinkers.

Kristy's bus has been beautifully restored about four years ago before she purchased it with VW Lotus White duco and of course the red interior.

It's an eight seater with the distinctive 1600 cc air-cooled flat four cylinder engine that VW is famous for and a four speed manual transmission.

"We'd been looking for a Kombi camper for our daughter when I saw the microbus advertised for sale," Kristy said.

"I've always loved the lowlights and this one was exactly what I wanted so I couldn't resist and about four hours later I'd bought it, and we were driving it home from Forster to Sydney.

"Needles to say, Pascal is still on the hunt for a camper," she laughed.

"I had my dad John drive it home to Parkes for me.

"I've got to admit, I was a little bit nervous. Dad's used to his Harley or his Mustangs and he didn't say much so we're not quite sure whether he enjoyed it or not," she chuckled.

What's not to like about a Kombi though?

They're iconic and popular, and as a Kombi owner myself, there's never a day that you don't get a smile and a wave when you're driving one.

Kristy is a member of the Central West Car Club which is based in Parkes, so keep your eyes out in town for 'Ruby'.

The club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Parkes Leagues Club and for those interested, you can find us on Facebook or at http://www.centralwestcarclub.com/

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