Manufacture of the longest-produced model in the global automotive industry, the Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus, is finally coming to an end in Brazil after 56 years in production, which started in September 1957. The blue VW Kombi Last Edition you see here (click on the image above to enlarge) is one of 600 that will be produced before new safety regulations in the country force Volkswagen to phase it out.

The Last Edition will be sold only in Brazil for 85,000 Brazilian reais ($35,637) and comes with a certificate of authenticity from VW and a numbered plaque on the dashboard identifying it as one of 600. The Microbus originally came equipped with an air-cooled 1.2-liter flat-four mounted in the rear that made 28 horsepower, but by 2005 it was running with a 1.4-liter water-cooled engine. The new inline-four makes 78 hp on gasoline and 80 hp on pure ethanol and puts the power to the rear wheels – which are wrapped in whitewall tires – through a four-speed manual transmission. A 50+hp power bump sounds like fun to us!

Enhancing whatever road trips lie ahead is a specially equipped interior in blue and white vinyl, matching the unique two-tone exterior paint, and a modern MP3 sound system with USB inputs. Now, we love safety as much as the next bunch of auto enthusiasts, but we sure do wish such classically cool icons as this could somehow manage to stand the test of crash barriers as well as they can the test of time.


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      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      And I still want one.
      Fred Talmadge
      • 1 Year Ago
      And a old hippie sheds a tear.
      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      I got a 1976 VW Westfalia camper in my driveway. I can see how the design lasted all these years. It was well designed and very functional while being rather easy and cheap to fix. I am currently fixing up the Westy and swapping out all the old, rusty components that no longer work (like the shocks for example). While heavy and underpowered, it's surprisingly fun to drive with a 4 speed manual. My restoration efforts are also enhancing the driving experience. However, 35k is way too much for this Brazilian VW Transporter, even if new. The Brazilian model is a water-cooled 1.4 liter that makes 78hp. That is pathetic. Even my '76 has an air-cooled 2.0 liter that was rated at 88hp. Let's not forget that the reason they are phasing them out is because of higher safety standards which means the car does not meet them therefore is not very safe. So why would you want to pay 35k for an underpowered, slow, unsafe car? Sure it's based on a classic and venerable design, but it was built all along with little improvements made. While I love the VW Transporters, Campers, Beetles, etc. I would never shell out 35k for this final edition model. I'll just keep my '76 going.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's a mistake in the original post. It's not a 56 year old design.This style of the van which is known as the "bay window" was released in Aug. of 67 as a 68 model. So it's design is 46 years old. The older split windshield design goes back to 1950. My dad got one of the remaining split windshield vans in July of 67. It was white over blue , a great vacation vehicle. When I saw the new " bay window" a couple months later , I was envious. Our van looked so dated with it's funky little windows, when compared to the new model with huge windows. I liked the newer design so much better, I bought a used 74 camper many years later. Wish I still had it .
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      $35k????
        Alex Ellsworth
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        There's a New York Times article from not long ago about how Brazil is home to the $30 cheese pizza, and how the astronomically high taxes and prices have been fueling the recent protests: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/23/world/americas/prices-fuel-outrage-in-brazil-home-of-the-30-cheese-pizza.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
          dearest rat
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alex Ellsworth
          The economic equality is outrageous...and they keep raising taxes on the country's impoverished; I'd riot, too. And I still want this van.
      Making11s
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seeing water-cooled VW busses on my trips to Latin America never stopped being weird.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      1957? I thought this style of Type 2 debuted in 1968 or 1969. The '67 still had the V front end, and I can remember some friends' parents bought a then-new '69, and it looked like the one pictured (minus the grille in front and the water cooled engine, of course).
        Georg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dukeisduke
        u mixed there something The T1 Type 2 debut in 1950 The T2 Type 2 debut in 19667 The T3 Type 2 debut in 1979 The T4 Transporter debut in 1990 The T5 Transporter debut in 2003 and is still in production Type 2 production started in Brasil in 1953 in 1957 they started the Type 2 Microbus production in Brasil thats what they celebrate with this final editon
          RJ
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Georg
          The T2 is not supposed to debut until 19667!? [gasp] Quick, Marty, the flux capacitor...
        wilkegm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Model time line is correct, but the T2 started production with a 1.6 flat-4
      ChinaVwAirCooled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wooooo,it's really classic VW. I love this too much. It's said that it come to the end. Pity that China don't have this classic modle. But we do have some spare parts for VW T2 Kombi,vw type 2,VW beetle etc. Welcome to contact us at www ChinaVwAirCooled Dot Com
      JK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice hitler moustache treatment to the front end...
        Daniel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JK
        Crap. I can't un-see that now.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JK
        Or is it a Charlie Chaplin mustache?
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JK
        I wanted one bad, but you ruined it.
        Gugue
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JK
        Ouch, I'd never made this association, you spoiled my perception forever. Man, hahahhaaha it made my laugh, anyway it's inconvenient D:
        revit
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JK
        Thanks! The Hitler grill makes its even more desirable.
      ngiotta
      • 1 Year Ago
      A buddy of mine had a Microbus with a 911 engine in it (his dad owned some German auto repair shop, so he got the engine for free). We'd go out on weekends and hustle people for money with it. The looks on their faces after we blew their doors off were hilarious!
      George Krpan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I owned a 1966 split window Sundial camper and a 1974 Westphalia with the later 914 type engine. I preferred the '66 but they were both horrible cars. I wish VW would revive the concept at a sub-20k price point. It doesn't have to be fast, rubber floor mats would be great, diesel, P/S, P/B, A/C, P/W, P/L, C/C, remote entry, vinyl seats, and nothing else, please.
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