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In a few days, VW is ending production of the legendary Volkswagen Kombi, a van symbolic of hippies and freedom. Although VW is ending production of the iconic van, its legend will live on. As reported by Fox News Latino on Dec. 11, the final day of production is slated for Dec. 20 in Brazil.

This 'mini-van' which hails from another era and had its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s, will say its final goodbye. The decision was announced earlier this year by the German automaker. To mark the farewell of this model, world record holder for longevity, a special edition of the VW van will be released.

“The van represents freedom. It has a magic and charm lacking in other vehicles. It’s about the open road, about bringing smiles to peoples’ faces when they see an old VW van rolling along,” Damon Ristau, director of the documentary film “The Bus.”

Due to popular demand, VW decided to double the production to 1,200 units of this limited series, exclusively for the Brazilian market, a spokesman for Volkswagen said.

The last unit will be made in the factory in Sao Bernardo do Campo, whose production lines have produced more than 1.6 million Kombis since 1957.

However, the legend of the 'Kombi' will live on. Anchored in the collective memory thanks to its appearances in films and television series, this vehicle of another era has a cult-like following.

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