With room for shovels and rakes

This is, you’ll remember, a Volkswagen Type 2, referred to by some of us as a Microbus.

A 2012 VW Microbus, mind you.

2012 VW Type 2

We’re not getting them here, of course, but they will be offered for sale in the Netherlands:

[W]hile the buses went out of production a long time ago in Europe and the states, South Americans have been enjoying unfettered access to the Type 2 (currently sold there as the Kombi) for decades. The Type 2s slated for the streets of Holland will be built in Brazil with their South American-market counterparts and then shipped to the Dutch market.

It’s not entirely the same as it ever was — the engine, a whole 1.4 liters in displacement, still has four cylinders, though now it’s water-cooled, and top speed is a whopping 81 mph — but the Brazilians have been building some form of the Type 2 since 1950. An unsourced report claims that new safety regulations in Brazil will make the Kombi unsalable there, so exporting them to Europe may be VW’s only way to keep the production line going.

Inasmuch as I learned to drive in one of these contraptions — a 1969 Type 2 that looked very much like this, minus the camper paraphernalia and the sort-of-grille — I have a certain sentimental fondness for these old Teutonic death traps.







3 comments

  1. Brett »

    13 November 2011 · 9:13 pm

    Not chartreuse, but it will probably hold eleven long-haired friends of Jesus…

  2. Lynn »

    15 November 2011 · 7:58 am

    We had a blue 1976 VW bus for a while. Except for never being able to shift it into reverse* I loved driving it.

    *For those not familiar with this vehicle, to shift into reverse you had to push the stick straight down then back and the down part of that required almost more muscle than I have. I actually could shift it but it was so difficult I avoided parking anywhere that I would have to back out of.

  3. CGHill »

    15 November 2011 · 8:03 am

    Yep. I hadn’t thought about that in years, but it’s true: you had to try to shove that stick through the floorboards and then slide it into R. I suppose this would have made it more difficult to screw up the gearbox — people have, after all, missed shifts before and ended up in gears they never intended — but it was a pain.

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