Kombi career dream for Cooper

Kombi dream: Cooper Pratt, Gawler, and his prized first Kombi.
Kombi dream: Cooper Pratt, Gawler, and his prized first Kombi.

The Volkswagen Kombi’s are out in force all across South Australia, and especially the Barossa, with a few notable vehicles passing through the likes of Tanunda, Williamstown and Gawler.

One that would be noticed frequently around Gawler is owned by 18-year-old Gawler local Cooper Pratt, whose aim for his Kombis will be to make a career out of restoration.

He has already started an apprenticeship in a fabrication shop.

Cooper said seeing a Kombi sitting in a wrecking yard inspired him to get his first one when he was just 10.

“I started when I was 10, and I got the bug – don’t know why, I just wanted a Kombi!” he said.

“I think what happened was I saw one sitting in a wrecking yard looking a bit sad and I thought that would look alright done up.”

His black Kombi (pictured) is not his only one, and even he is not too sure how many he owns at this stage, but the black vehicle is the only one which has been fully restored.

“We’ll say eight,” he said.

“This the only one fully restored, with about four half-done, in various stages of repair.”

Kombis fetch a decent amount of money these days, with a whopping $202,000 Kombi bought last year at a Victorian auction, and Cooper himself has been no stranger to big money offers for his vehicle. 

“Some random bloke at a petrol station offered me $60,000 for it (the black Kombi).”

Despite the excessive money thrown in his direction for his first Kombi, he has firmly said he will never sell it.

“Not this one, this is my first one, it’s my baby,” he said.

This story Cooper’s dream Kombi career first appeared on Barossa & Light Herald.