TAM Airlines VW bus on the tarmac in Sao Paulo in 2016 - Photo: David
TAM Airlines VW bus on the tarmac in Sao Paulo in 2016 - Photo: David
TAM Airlines VW bus on the tarmac in Sao Paulo in 2016 – Photo: David

Back in 2016, I made a quick trip down to Sao Paulo Brazil and I was in shock when I got off the plane. The people that I was with wasn’t sure if I saw some rare bird or some international incident going down. Nope! I saw what looked like a brand new Type 2 VW bus being used as any other vehicle at the airport in TAM Airlines (now LATAM) livery.

I had heard that the Type 2 was built for quite along time down in South America, but I wasn’t expecting to see it being treated as an every day work van… especially at an airport (since I also love airplanes)… and double especially one in such great shape.

I later looked up that this version is called the T2c, has the raised roof (there is a “let’s raise the roof” joke here). Mexico started building water cooled versions in 1991, but Brazil was still pumping out the air cooled all the way until the end of 2005 and then ceased production in 2013. What a run, the Type 2 was built new, out of the factory, from August 1967 to December 2005.

I wanted to try to get a ride in the TAM van (that has a nice sound), but that might have actually caused some international incident.

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