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Seeya, VW Microbus
Posted By Patrick Kiger On December 18, 2013 @ 4:02 pm In Bulletin Today | Comments Disabled
Like wow, this is a major bummer for former flower children everywhere.
Dec. 31 looks to be the end of the line for Volkwagen’s Type 2 camper, usually known in the United States as the VW microbus — that is, when we weren’t calling it the “love wagon,” the “hippie van” or some other more colorful term.
Production reportedly is being discontinued in Brazil, the last place where the van is still being made, because newly imposed safety regulations would require major modifications to the design. The VW model remains virtually unchanged since the early 1970s, when your friends lounged in the back and sang a creaky rendition of “Sugar Magnolia” with their hair streaming in the breeze out the side windows while you drove to some outdoor rock extravaganza.
Here are a dozen facts about the vehicle that for older boomers was a dream machine, an affordable ticket to adventure and indulging one’s inner Kerouac:
Photo: Montrose Patriot via Wikipedia 
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 Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Be_Your_Own_Goddess_art_bus_1967_VW_Kombi_IMG_0136.jpg
 “Show Us Your Modern Family” Photo Contest. Upload your photo for a chance to be photographed in AARP The Magazine.: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/12/20/instagram-family-photo-contest/?intcmp=AE-BL-IL-MODFAMSWPS
 See official rules.: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/info-12-2013/modern-family-photo-contest-rules.html
 New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/automobiles/collectibles/long-strange-trip-ends-for-a-symbol-of-the-60s.html?_r=0
 French wire service AFP: http://news.yahoo.com/end-road-vw-39-iconic-camper-vans-050456818.html
 The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.: http://images.dailyexpress.co.uk/img/dynamic/1/590x/secondary/79802.jpg
 murals in wild colors.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Be_Your_Own_Goddess_art_bus_(1967_VW_Kombi)_IMG_0136.JPG
 Convoy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convoy_(song)
 1972 New York Times article.: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive/pdf?res=F30C10FC3F5E127A93C0A81788D85F468785F9
 USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/09/23/vw-van-brazil/2854119/
 updated concept version: http://www.conceptcaronline.com/concept-cars/concept-car-37.php
 Montrose Patriot via Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Be_Your_Own_Goddess_art_bus_%281967_VW_Kombi%29_IMG_0136.JPG
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