The Bulli has dressed up for its last appearance. With whitewall tyres, elegant window curtains and in light blue and white paint – this is how the world’s last, indeed the very last, models of the Transporter myth roll off the production line at the VW plant in Anchieta in São Bernardo do Campo in Brazil. In December it will all be over – some 63 years after the first “T1” Transporter was built in Wolfsburg and after 56 years of non-stop production in Brazil. A sad day for Bulli fans all over the world in 2014
In Brazil, the Bulli is simply called a station wagon and, like its smaller, no less legendary brother, the “Fusca” (Beetle), has been a fixture on the streets of this samba country for decades. As a pick-up for removals, as a closed transport vehicle that can even be used to transport cows, and as a passenger bus, which in uncomplicated Brazil can fit 25 people or more if need be, it is on the road on city streets and jungle tracks.
VW T2 IN BRAZIL: PRODUCTION ENDED WITH LAST EDITION in 2013.
Originally, a production run of 600 units was planned for the “Last Edition”, but due to the high demand, VW doubled the contingent to 1200 vehicles. Recommended price: 85,000 Reais (approx. 28,000 Euros). The last Bulli does not deny its forebears either: the design is as round as ever, the headlights too, and in addition to the tailgate, driver’s door and passenger door, there is the familiar sliding door on the right. Inside: The familiar commitment to minimalism. The dashboard is dominated by a large round speedometer, with the fuel gauge to the right. The “last Bulli” can also be modern: It has a radio with MP3 option and USB port.
The station wagon was the first model VW built in Brazil. Since 1957, more than 1.56 million T1 and T2 station wagons have rolled off the production line at VW’s Anchieta plant in São Bernardo do Campo, not far from São Paulo. Demand rose rapidly. In the first year, there were just 370 models, but “Volks”, as VW is often called in Brazil, sold over 41,000 models between 1957 and 1961. The station wagon was available as a pick-up with a load floor, with a double cab and in the classic closed version.
The station wagon, whose production in Germany (T2/Hanover) was already discontinued in 1979, served and continues to serve many masters in Brazil. Whether as an ambulance, police car, fire engine, rolling library, municipal vehicle, hearse, mobile snack bar and TV reportage car – the all-purpose vehicle can still be seen on almost every street corner. The “end” is due to technical reasons, because technical safety requirements will apply in Brazil from 2014, and the hurdles are simply too high for the Bulli. From 2014, airbags and ABS braking systems will be mandatory for new vehicles in Brazil.
This is how they landed in Germany.
Because of the rather spartan safety level, the Brazilians, who are never at a loss for nicknames, like to give the Bulli the nickname “Jesus me chama” (“Jesus is calling me”). Nevertheless, the van also achieved cult status in Brazil. Incidentally, VW do Brasil exported the number “0001/1200” of the limited edition to the VW Autostadt in Wolfsburg. Over 6.2 million T1 and T2 models have been sold worldwide since 1950.
This T2 Last Edition is an unused example and the number 59 out of the 1200 built.
It was only moved for 123 km and is in stunning original condition. Just as it came out of production line in 2014.
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