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August 25, 2013

Der VW Hippiepackwagen bewegt in die Geschichte Bücher

Translation: the "classic" body style VW bus is moving into the history books.

Introduced in 1950, the iconic vehicle had an incredible production run. Over the years, there were many mechanical changes, but the styling remained largely unchanged. The last one to be produced, in Brazil, is still as instantly recognizable as they were 50+ years ago, even though this model looks to be equipped with an Ethanol burning 1.4L water cooled engine, rather than the old air-cooled flat 4 "bug engine".


I used to have a 1957 VW bus. Swing axles, scary single master cylinder, drum brakes. I paid a princely $300 for it in grad school, and it even ran. Not well, but it kinda moved on a couple of gears and stopped after a fashion. I bought it from a hippie who didn't want to bother changing the transmission out. I got a used trans at a local junk yard and changed it out in the UCSD dorm parking lot, did the brakes...then drove it all the way back to NY and rebuilt the engine. Good times, good times.

H/T commenter Mike Hammer


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