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Seeya, VW Microbus

Like wow, this is a major bummer for former flower children everywhere.

Be_Your_Own_Goddess_art_bus_(1967_VW_Kombi)_IMG_0136Dec. 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.

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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:


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