The iconic Volkswagen Type 2, or the Camper Van which it is more commonly known as, is about to follow the Beetle into the sunset. The final van will be produced in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil on 20 December of this year, ending a 63 year production run.
Using the same rear engine and axles of the VW Type 1 Beetle, the low cost, robust and easy to repair VW “Bus” gained a loyal fan base of its own.
Volkswagen stopped production of the Type 2 in Germany in 1979, then production stopped in South Africa and Mexico, leaving only the production plant in Brazil which exported to the rest of Latin America.
A special edition model, costing $37,500 will be available to the Brazil market. The demand for that model has been high enough for VW to double the numbers produced. Obviously, that makes it slightly less affordable than during it’s peak.