Volkswagen Kombi VideoFrom the time a vehicle first enters a family, stories will be told about it. People talk about their road trips, or a special bumper sticker or some random memory that their vehicle was involved in. As the years go on, the memories and stories that people have with their cars grows, and eventually, it turns into a cult following. Spend enough time traipsing around the world's roads, and the stories and memories turn a vehicle into an icon.

That's what's happened with the legendary Volkswagen Type 2. Known as the Kombi, Transporter, Bus, MicroBus and Camper Van, after 63 years on sale it's the second most iconic VW to ever travel the roads, surpassed only by the legendary air-cooled Beetle.

Yes, 63 years. The Type 2 has, remarkably, been built in one form or another since 1949. It won't see a sixty-fourth year, though, as VW pulled the plug in 2013. To celebrate the legendary van's long life, VW's Brazilian outfit, which built the very last Kombis, has put together this heartfelt tribute video.

You'll want to scroll down and watch this. As for us, we're going to go figure out why it's so damn dusty in here.


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      GR
      • 8 Months Ago
      Video got me pretty emotional. My father is a fan and has had about 5 or 6 in his lifetime and 3 in mine. We still have one and it's my project car. 1976 Westfalia Campmobile. It's got the sink and 2 range stove, mini fridge, pop-up tent, etc. all from the factory. It's pretty unreliable, but I've been working on it to get it more reliable. The car is older than I am so things just need replacing or fixing. I've also installed some modifications to get it to more conventional safety standards such as a 3-point inertia seat belt and a LED 3rd brake light. The bus is an icon and people love it. People smile, wave, take photos, and ask about it all the time. There are even some who come up and offer to buy it on the spot. Sure, it might be the slowest thing on 4 wheels, but it's rather fun to drive with the 4 speed manual. While it may have finally come to an end for its production run, I plan to keep mine going for a while. The story is not over.
      paulr
      • 8 Months Ago
      This was fantastically well-made, glad those people got a memento of the VW in the end
      Just Stuff
      • 8 Months Ago
      My father bought one new in 68 and only sold it about 5 years ago for more money than he paid for it. It's the only car he has bought new in his entire life.
      CarNut
      • 8 Months Ago
      I own a '74 Bay. I shed tears watching this video.
      Chuck Clarke
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well done VW. My brother once owned one with the many, many windows along the roofline. A collectors item I'm sure he wishes he still owned.
      Juan
      • 8 Months Ago
      I've always wanted one and if they (VW) were to re-introduce them again I would buy one. An air cool rear engine VW micro bus, yeah.
      Arizonarelax
      • 8 Months Ago
      The dream, the vision, the success. Well done VW!
      Basil Exposition
      • 8 Months Ago
      These buses are unquestionably among the coolest vehicles ever to exist. I am kind of glad VW is not attempting a new generation. Based on what they are putting out these days, it would only serve to dishonor the name.
      Richard Lenagh
      • 8 Months Ago
      Got a '57 11 window - Mine for Life!
      MZDASPEED
      • 8 Months Ago
      VW, make a new bus! What are you waiting for... do it now :-)
      E85 450HP Forester
      • 8 Months Ago
      Crap.... the latest round of small overlap front crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety among nine midsize SUVs missed this one.
      kajohns1964
      • 8 Months Ago
      An adorable death trap.
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