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You can always a VW Kombi van coming before you can see it.


in the case of the Kombi, really is in the eye of the — or the driver.

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Without my Kombi, be lost”

End Quote Paulo Veras Beach vendor and owner

With the unmistakable of its air-cooled engine, if the Kombi had the motoring equivalent of … in its youth, that allure has with old age.

Practically for the streets and beaches of Brazil, of beat-up old Kombis are still the version of the horse and cart.

Engines and chassis that have been retired ago keeping thousands of small afloat.

I watched from the of a palm tree as beach Paulo Enrique Veras 90 beach chairs, 60 umbrellas, sacks of coconuts and a volleyball net the back of his vehicle on Rio#039;s beach.

Without my Kombi, be lost, he said. I#039;ve using it for years and there#039;s else that can really do the job.

Mr Veras#039; old white with its dented bodywork, not be the sleekest thing on Ipanema, but it is practical.

As soon as he has finished unloading for a day#039;s graft on the beach, the rattles off down the seafront to up another load for another

Time warp

At Volkswagen sprawling factory at Sao Bernardo, on the of Sao Paulo, visiting the Kombi line is like stepping in time.

Kombis are still built by hand

Elsewhere on the smaller and newer cars are built by robots in an increasingly operation.

The Kombi, somewhat is still largely built by

The vehicle is pretty much on the same model that was built here in 1957, been launched in Germany years earlier.

The rattling old air-cooled engine was with a water-cooled version in and there have been modifications to the vehicle#039;s height and

But overall, the box on wheels that to take me and thousands of other to school here in the 1970s has not much.

Final Kombi

And now it is all now to an end.

The last edition is powder blue with a trim

After more 1.5 million vehicles, from vans to pick-up versions to models, Volkswagen will no make the Kombi, here or else in the world.

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Franck Sowade is the production at the Sao Bernardo VW factory. He says has finally got the better of the company#039;s famous product.

It was one of the very cars to be developed by the company, he

But to add the airbags, abs braking system and modification that legislation now would be too expensive and time

Ageing hippies and surfers California to Cornwall will the passing of an iconic vehicle appealed to people who were not meant to care about

Clunky ride

While is a purely commercial decision for VW, it is not risk.

Kombis are the workhorses of businesses

We still sell than 2,000 units a says Volkswagen#039;s Marketing Carlos Leite. He adds the company is losing an icon not really replacing it with new.

But not to miss an opportunity, is releasing a last edition For a few thousand extra dollars you get paintwork and a trim evoking the

However fond those memories may be, the Volkswagen Kombi is not the car to drive.

It is clunky, pretty on long journeys, and it feels a very basic vehicle.

But that was, perhaps, part of the attraction.

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