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.