Kombi Warriors: the classic car specialist from Brazil

Classic cars from Brazil

Kombi Warriors stems from our passion for classic cars from Brazil. In possession of our own import and export license, we are your partner to supply the old-timers available in Brazil. We source, restore and export all old models like the Volkswagen T1, Karmann Gia, DKW, VW Puma, Bianco and Miura. With our own garage near the city of São Paulo, we are able to offer tailor-made restoration projects to our customers. With wide access to spare parts, we turn restoration projects into jewels again!

Let us help you find your classic car from Brazil.

It´s free. It´s fast. No obligations.

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VW Pumas

In our own garage we restore Volkswagen Pumas. Our team will restore the fiberglass to perfect condition.

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Investing in classic cars

Classic car prices have risen sharply in recent years and can also be a very good investment.
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The Volkswagen T2 Motorhome

We build custom Volkswagen T1 and T2 motorhomes in our garage. Unique and affordable.

Volkswagen Brazil

Volkswagen has a long history in Brazil, which is after Germany and China the most important market for this global car manufacturer. Volkswagen Brasil was established in 1953 and developed its own models and versions more suitable for the different markets of Latin America and Africa; replacing or supplementing models designed for Europe.

Although famous for its versions of the Kombi, or the Beetle (Fusca in Brazil) Volkswagen do Brasil has developed several “made in Brasil” models such as the Brasilia, called to succeed the Cox, and of course the magnificent SP2. Strict Brazilian import regulations also encouraged domestic automobile production and led to the development of the VW Puma brand, whose production, based on the huge pool of VW parts, spanned from 1967 to 1995.

Currently, many Brazilian models are highly valued by collectors around the world. Kombi Warriors has specialized in finding these jewels. With partnerships across Brazil, we are able to source affordable “oldies”. All cars are checked in our own garage to ensure quality and safety.

Volkswagen Kombi T1

Perhaps the most famous and sought after vehicle in the world. The Kombi T1, with its characteristic two-piece windscreen, is the first generation of the Volkswagen type 2 models.

Ben Pon, a Dutch Volkswagen importer, is known as the father of the Volkswagen Kombi T1 Bully. He visited the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg in 1946 with the intention of buying Volkswagen Beetles to then import them to the Netherlands. There he saw a chassis called “Plattenwagen” and realized that it would have much greater potential. He drew a first sketch on April 23, 1947 of what would later be called the Volkswagen T1 Bully.

The Deluxe, or Samba versions being the most splendid and are currently the most prized among classic car collectors and investors. Production of the Kombi T1 began in 1950, in Germany, after its presentation at the Geneva Motor Show in March of that same year. Brazilian production began in 1957 at the Sao Bernardo dos Campos factory, near Sao Paulo. While German production stopped in 1967, the Kombi Volkswagen T1 was still manufactured in Brazil until 1975. Brazil is one of the few places where it is still possible to find Volkswagen T1s for reasonable prices.

Are you looking to buy a Volkswagen Kombi T1? With our “Scouts” we are able to find a model adapted to your needs.

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VW Puma

The history of the PUMA brand began in 1964, in the city of Matão, state of São Paulo, when a group of motorsport enthusiasts, led by Rino Malzoni, decided to create a racing car. Initially created for competition, the first prototype of the “GT Malzoni” was presented in 1965. Two years later, the model, renamed PUMA, went into production. (Puma DKW, then GT 1500 in 1968, VW engine) In 1970, production of the Puma GTE/GTS line began. Brazil has become a real market for the sports car.

The VW Puma, becomes an object of desire, thanks to its spectacular design, which until today impresses with the beauty, the aggressiveness of its lines, and its aerodynamics. Pumas were exported to countries in Europe and Africa. In 1985 PUMA was sold to Araucária Veículos, in Curitiba, which interrupted production. Then in 1987, businessman Nívio de Lima bought the Puma car brand and built a new factory. In 1988, the Puma GTB was launched. But in 1989, with the opening of the market, Japanese cars quickly eclipsed the brilliance of new models whose production was finally discontinued in 1990. Very few of the later AMV and AM-3 models were produced. In total, around 22,000 PUMA units were produced. The Volkswagen Puma has become an object more and more sought after by collectors of old sports cars.

We have a large portfolio of different models of this typical Brazilian sports car ready for export. At Kombi Warriors we have our team specialized in fiberglass work.

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VW SP2

In the 60s/70s, under the military regime, the Brazilian market was closed for car imports and at that time one of the only sports cars made in Brazil was the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. Volkswagen Brasil has always had a certain degree of independence from the head office in Germany and so in 1969 Volkswagen Brasil decided to start a new project. The result, the Volkswagen SP2 which was produced between 1972 and 1976. With a total of only 10,207 units manufactured (670 of them exported to Europe), this uniquely Brazilian car is now valued as a collector’s item and the price of a well-preserved copy can reach very high sums.

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Volkswagen Karmann Gia

The Karmann-Ghia are sports cars produced by Volkswagen, in partnership with the Italian company Carrozzeria Ghia, and built by the German company Karmann. They were produced for the first time in Germany. The company’s growth plans in Brazil led Volkswagen to make the decision to produce the Model 14 locally.

In 1960 Karmann opened a factory in São Bernardo do Campo, (São Paulo), and in 1962 the first Brazilian Karmann-Ghia rolled off the assembly line, very similar to the model sold on the European market. Around 445,000 Karmann-Ghias were produced between 1955 and 1975. The VW Karmann-Ghia is truly an example of elegance. American industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague included the Karmann Ghia 14 in his list of the most beautifully designed products in the world. The Karmann-Ghia has been used in some movies like Death Race 2000, Pretty in Pink, Kill Bill, 007 vs Octopussy and Zodiac.

For Brazil, an in-house solution has been devised: the Karmann Ghia TC. The coupé presented in 1971 was famous for the fastback style, with proportions and lines inspired by the Porsche 911. The Karmann TC was sportier than its European cousin, but the fact is that the lighter Puma was better suited to those who were looking for a sporty little VW engine, even if it was more expensive. Its high price and the competition of the SP2, ended up dictating the end of the production in 1975 after 18 thousand units sold. The Karmann Ghia TC is less popular than the original 14, so it is possible to buy one at a more reasonable price.

At the end of 2016 the Karmann-Ghia story ended for good when bankruptcy was declared on the Brazilian site.

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