Volkswagen’s last Type 2 Bus/Kombi ever assembled is now on display in Hannover, Germany, as a permanent exhibit in Volkswagen’s Commercial Vehicles display.
As a Kombi fan from way back, Classic Car Photography has been following the saga surrounding the demise of the VW Kombi. Here is a previous article on the subject: Volkswagen to End Kombi Production After 63 Years.
The short story is that the iconic Kombi had an almost miraculous extended lifespan following the move to manufacturing to Brazil. Production of Kombis in Brazil began in September 1957, and ran through December of 2013, making the Kombi one of the longest-lived production vehicles in automotive history.
Brazilian authorities eventually decided however that the latest date that Volkswagen could produce a vehicle without ABS brakes and dual front airbags in Brazil was the end of 2013. To send such an important model off in a fitting manner, Volkswagen planned to build 600 “Kombi Last Edition” models, but orders for production were such that the production total was doubled to 1,200 units.
The “Last Edition” Kombis were all finished in a vintage two-tone colour scheme with a light blue body with a contrasting white roof and bumpers. Adding to the retro look were wide-whitewall tyres, mounted on white wheels trimmed with white hubcaps, and “Kombi 56″ logos celebrated the 56-year production history of the bus in Brazil. Inside, Last Edition Kombis came equipped with two-tone vinyl upholstery, fabric curtains on side and rear windows, carpeting in passenger and cargo areas and special Last Edition badging.
The final Last Edition Kombi rolled off the assembly line in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, on December 20, 2013 before making the journey across the Atlantic to the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle headquarters in Hannover, Germany, arriving on January 24. There, it will be displayed alongside other prominent industrial models from Volkswagen’s past as part of the automaker’s permanent vintage vehicle exhibit.