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The End of The Iconic VW Camper

September 23, 2013

Are you a VW camper van fan? I hope this won’t upset you if you are, but the beloved Kombi is soon to cease production.

Production has been thriving in Brazil since 1957, but by the end of this year, new legislation will result in the end of the world most iconic camper. And while the final tally of 3.9 million manufactured is nothing to the unchallenged run of 21,529,464 Beetles, it’s a mighty impressive achievement.

The cultish box on wheels beloved of back-packers, surfers and anyone after a modish means of carting themselves, their friends and a lifestyle will pass into the afterlife with a final run of 600 limited editions. Finished in pale blue with a white roof and whitewall tyres, they have matching striped vinyl seats and homely blue curtains, but little else by way of comforts apart from an incongruous – though welcome – MP3 player.

The standard VW camper costs from £32,599 but this special edition will set you back an eye watering £42,000.

And a light rampage through the options list can generate an all-up price to rival that of a heavily-optioned Evoque. These are basic vehicles, and besides spending £1000 on a right-hand drive conversion you can also have lowered suspension and Porsche 911 Fuchs-style alloys for £2500, rack and pinion steering for £1199 (the fact that it’s offered suggests that you might need it) as well as a variety of items allowing you to turn it into the fabled campervan, ranging from beds to scatter cushions and the proverbial kitchen sink.

We think this stop in production will only propel the price of older models skywards. If you’re looking to finance one of these limited beauties, drop us a line at Pegasus Finance, we’ll be happy to help.

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