Watch the Volkswagen Kombi Reflect on Its Life, Try Not to Cry

Volkswagen Kombi Last Wishes

Dr. Bob Hieronimus didn’t go to Woodstock himself, preferring to stay in Baltimore and work on a mural commission at Johns Hopkins. But a Volkswagen bus the artist painted did make it to the festival, and wound up a symbol of 1960s counterculture.

Forty-four-and-a-half years after the hoedown at Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, New York, the last Volkswagen Type 2 Transporter rolled off the line in Brazil. Still featuring the “bay window” styling its worn since a major revision for 1968, though with a form-follows-function radiator grille for the now-water-cooled engine, the ol’ Kombi is a lot of things to a lot of people. 

Pretty much any American born between 1930 and 1980 is bound to have at least one air-cooled Transporter story. Camping in a Westie. Installing a HeliCoil in a Type 4 cylinder head. Finding out that the 21-window example you had in college is now worth as much as a condo in a mid-size American city.

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Volkswagen collected a variety of stories and assembled them into this moving mini-doc narrated by the old bus herself. It could’ve been schmaltzy. It is schmaltzy. But it’s schmaltz of the highest order. We won’t lie, mistiness ensued.

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