Production of an Icon Ceases on the 31st December

29 Dec

Brazilian vw type 2 kombi

In just two days time, manufacture of the Iconic VW Type 2 will cease in Brazil. Apparently new safety regulations in Brazil has finally struck the death knoll of this much loved and memorable vehicle. No doubt some VW lovers may never have taken to the Brazilian version but I am sure that all “vanners” deeply regret this “Game Over” scenario. We all have our own memories of the Microbus. Mine date back to the early 1960s. The VW always seemed to be more charismatic than the Bedford Dormobile (which I also loved). The VW type 2 was introduced in 1950.
I understand that Danbury have secured a stock for their own conversions (?) but not sure if you can place a new order.
A sad day in my opinion. RIP Microbus. keep on vanning and cherish your Vee Dub ! ( And remember, too, an NV200 is not just for Christmas. I love mine already !)

You can leave your own memory or tribute to the Microbus in comments below

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5 Responses to “Production of an Icon Ceases on the 31st December”

  1. mrtc December 29, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    It is a huge shame they have stopped production but i do remember seeing a 3 year old vw brazil camper and it had started to rust. That was on a campsite in cornwall a few years ago. Not what you expect from a nearly new van even tho the design is well i was going to say old but lets say classic lol

    • Dinkum December 30, 2013 at 8:15 am #

      Hello again, I had heard about rusting water channels on the roofs of Brazilian models which is inexcusable pn a new van. Though,still sad to see the end of them.

  2. martin mcdowall December 29, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    really sad to see the end of the t2. having owned 14 citroen 2cv’s i know what the end feels like. had to cut short my loch lomond trip in my citroen berlingo camper owing to an ongoing elevating roof leak. it just goes to show the modern stuff is not all its cracked up to be so heres to good old classic engineering.

    • Dinkum December 30, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      Hi Martin, although I am a massive fan of the 2CV and tried to buy a couple of times, I sadly never owned one. A Dutch friend of my brother has just restored a 1950s model. Bare metal, nut and bolt job. It looks brand new. Will try to get photos to show here. I do have a couple of 1:43 diecast versions to keep me happy.
      Worrying to hear about the roof leak. What is Drivelodge’s response? Is your upholstery sorted yet?

      • martin mcdowall December 30, 2013 at 8:46 am #

        hello duncan. no upholstery as yet. david has tried to fix both leaks but we still have wet header cloth on one side. would like to fit a high roof to beat scottish rainfall but none available as yet. yes i had a twenty year run with the tin snail but all good things must come to an end. weather really bad up here . roll on the spring. cheers.

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