This Volkswagen Type 2 Is Probably the World’s Longest Hippie Wagon

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The Volkswagen Kombi (Bus, or Type 2) represents a crucial part of automotive history. Built from 1950 to 2013, the “hippie wagon” is among the cars that every Volkswagen enthusiast wants to own. An Indonesian mechanic loved this car so much that he built a 7.6-meter (24-foot) long Type 2, probably the longest in the world.
Wahyu Pamungkas helped by his team of 30 workers spent a whole year, and more than £20,000 ($28,689), on creating this unique vehicle.

First of all, he cut two standard Kombi vans in half and welded them back together, while also modifying the chassis. To cope with the additional weight, he then swapped the 1.5-liter engine for a 2.0-liter.

The two-tone painted exterior and BBS RS rims complement the incredible interior featuring some excellent details, including cream leather couch-like seats, a mini-bar or a soft-top section that can be pushed back. The spacious interior can host up to 20 passengers.

According to the Daily Mail, this is not the first Type 2 this mechanic created, as he also built a 6.9-meter-long (22-foot) Kombi van in 2009, which was later sold to an Australian for £11,200 ($16,065).

Known as one of the most famous hippie symbols, the Kombi was produced for a staggering 63 years. During this time, more than 10 million vans were built. In 2013, the vehicle was only manufactured in Brazil until the country’s new legislation brought it to an end, as they required every vehicle to have air bags and anti-lock braking.

To mark this event, Volkswagen offered a limited final version of the iconic car. The German carmaker built around 1,200 versions of this anniversary edition, each priced at an estimated £26,000 ($37,294).

The concept for the Type 2 was designed by Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon, who visited Wolfsburg in 1946, intending to purchase Type 1s for import to the Netherlands. After seeing an improvised parts-mover, he realized something better was possible using the stock Type 1 pan.
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