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VW Kombi T2 (1967-2013)
Millions of sun-bleached surfers and wizened old hippies around the world will have felt a disturbance in the force this week as it was announced that a faithful old friend will soon pass into history. Volkswagen says that, after 63 years of continuous production, from 2013 the classic VW Kombi will no longer be built.
The final Kombi will roll off the last remaining production line in Brazil on 31 December 2013, over six decades after its 1950 launch. The vehicle was replaced in Europe in 1979 but production continued in South America and there are still UK companies converting the Brazil-built models (which are known as T2s) into the camper vans that gave the Kombi a place in so many hearts.
It's the latest South American car safety legislation that's caused the axe to fall. Volkswagen would have had to redesign the Kombi completely in order to make it comply with the new 2014 safety rules and that wasn't financially viable.
With another famously long-lived car going the way of the dodo, we wondered how many other classic designs are still rolling off a production line somewhere in the world. Click the link for our round-up of the car world's greatest survivors...
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You can't polish a poo, but you can spray paint it and fit a stereo.
I am afraid apart from the body styling and extra fripperies every car made today is an old design still in production.
Am I supposed to be impressed that a car will park itself ?. Or that it has twin-zone air con ?.
I can park a car myself, and if my passenger is too hot or cold, I can set the temperature at medium.
I want the 100 mpg, 200 mph flying car.
I want a car that has advanced as much as an aeroplane has and do not tell me it can not be done because I know it can.
If there is anyone out there who can accept we are not yet at the pinnacle of evolution and has the ability to finance such a car, please let me know.
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