A Tribute to the Volkswagen Microbus

It’s known by many names: the Microbus, the Minibus, even the Hippiemobile. But Volkswagen’s official moniker was the Kombi or the Type 2. And now it’s dead. Not that you knew it was still alive.

Originally, the Kombi packed a measly 28-horsepower from a wheezing 1.2-liter flat-four mounted in the rear, but the engine grew in displacement and sophistication. The latest iteration is a water-cooled 1.4-liter running on sugar cane ethanol that puts out 80 HP. Not a bad power bump after six decades.