The Kombi may be laid to rest, but it will be forever in the lives of these few

Brazil was the last place on earth Volkswagen continued to build and sell the Kombi. You may remember it better as the Beetle Van, Volkswagen Bus, Hippy Van, or simply the Type 2.

As Brazil brought in new legislation requiring all new vehicles sold in the country to be fitted with anti-lock brakes and at least two airbags, Volkswagen could no longer continue to evolve the new bus to fit the law. In fitting tribute, “Kombi Last Wishes” celebrates its long time in the market and all the lives it’s touched along the way.

Some 1.5 million Type 2 Kombis were built in Brazil between September 1957 and September 2013.

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