Photographer's Note

Great, disfigured, exceeded, dangerous and tanned, therefore already it took of that an accepted engine: only gasoline, only alcohol, the two, diesel and until natural gas. The VW Bus (named VW Kombi in Brazil) complete today 50 years of production in Brazil and can be considered a synthesis of the country. - for the good or badly. Difficult to imagine a piece that has not been explored for the tires hoop 14`, that they support 3,000lb of utilitarian the projected for the dutch Ben Pon.

Peddler of the VW, in visit to the plant, Germany, in 1947, Pon observed used vehicles for the internal work and had the idea. He scratched out the paper and he projected the VW Bus: a mount of steel with load capacity on the chassis of the VW Sedan (Beetle). Between tests and the perfectioning of the aerodynamics - until today contested - productions started in 1950 in Germany.

Three years later, it passed to be imported and to be mounted in Brazil, for the Brasmotor group (this exactly, the machines to clothes wash Brastemp!). In 2 of September of 1957, the Volkswagen initiated the production of national vehicles with it. The motor one was the 1200 with 36hp of power.

In last the five decades, 1,4 million of Kombis had been more than produced in Brazil, losing only for the VW Sedan, or VW Beetle (3,3 million) and the VW Gol, similar to VW Fox in USA, (5 million). Different of the other models, it is not only a vehicle, she is one commodity, but it unites charm and affection to please the traders, travellers, hippies and unglued.

Curiosity: The Kombi name comes of the German "Kombinstionfahrzeug" and wants to say vehicle of agreed use, passengers and load, also is called of VW Mini-Bus in other countries.

This is a version hippie of So Thom das Letras. As today he is anniversary of it, the post of "Gnomos" is for the next!
In Workshop versiom you can see the lateral painting with "gnomos" and giant mushrooms of So Thom!

One hug to all!

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