Volkswagen Microbus finally reaches the end of the road

  • Ricardo Hirae

     (Ricardo Hirae)

  • VW


  • VW


After all these years the Kombi is officially fried out.

First introduced to the world in 1950, Volkswagen’s venerable Type 2 “Microbus” has been produced in Brazil since 1957, a 56-year longevity record that ends in December. 

As reported last year, the van sold there as the Kombi is finally being discontinued due to upcoming safety regulations that it simply can’t be modified to meet.

To mark the end of its historic run, Volkswagen will build 600 “Last Edition” Kombis featuring retro white and light blue two-tone paint and vinyl upholstery, whitewall tires, white painted hubcaps, a set of curtains and a numbered plaque.

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No longer air-cooled, the Kombi is powered by a flex-fuel 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine to accommodate Brazil’s wide use of ethanol, but comes only with an old-school four-speed manual transmission.

The price for the Last Edition Kombi is approximately $36,000, so it’s not exactly the people’s van of old, but with some originals now selling for over $200,000, this limited edition could be a real (as in the Brazillian currency) deal.

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Gary Gastelu is's Automotive Editor.