NO MORE TOMORROW FOR THE TRANSPORTER

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vwkombi20130827THE VW faithful may fret over the Type 2’s name—Transporter, Kombi, Microbus—but the rest of the car guy planet will simply mourn alongside them over the demise of VW’s iconic van.

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The Type 2, in continuous production in one part of the world or another since September 1957, is set to end its run in Brazil after more than half a century. To honor what has been the model that was built for the longest time in the global auto industry, VW of Brazil is making the last 600 copies of what’s called the Kombi Last Edition—the van replete with a certificate of authenticity from VW and a numbered plaque on the dashboard identifying it as one of the last 600.

In Last Edition guise, the Type 2 gets a blue-and-white vinyl cabin, matching two-tone bodywork, and an integrated MP3 player with a USB port.

Now why is the van off to that big scrapheap in the sky? We can point to auto safety regulations getting stricter by the day, over which the Type 2 is hopelessly dated to pass.

And true, the Type 2 isn’t in its best form in its last hours—that appended grille is simply hideous—but then aren’t most of us, too?

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