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A Loving Tribute to Volkswagen’s “Hippievan”

by Kenny Hoeschen

Volkswagen pays tribute to the classic VW Type 2 (Kombi) aka the “VW Bus” created by Dutchman Ben Pon in the 1940’s and now an iconic symbol of VW and certainly of the 1960s “hippie” generation. Adopted in Brazil, the name “Kombi” is an abbreviation of the German word Kombinationsfahrzeug – meaning “combined vehicle”.

In Germany the model was called VW Bus T1 (Transporter Number 1). Told from the perspective of the little bus fulfilling its last wishes, the documentary gathers scenes from people who went through special moments with a VW Bus. From a couple who drove one around the world, to an adult woman who was born in one, to the man who painted the “Woodstock Bus.”

VW manufactured the Bus for 63 years and there are certainly a lot of stories to tell. And Volkswagen paid tribute to all its fans by creating a “will,” leaving some of the Bus’ historic parts, design sketches, and other memorabilia to those people who lived its history. Finally, the little Bus visits the son of its creator, Ben Pon, Jr. and says goodbye.

See much more about the VW Bus and each of the stories in the film at the VW Brazil site.

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