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MT Staff
Dec 25, 2013
Photographers: Manufacturers
56 Years Served
The Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus—the longest-produced model in the global automotive industry, is finally being retired in Brazil after 56 years of production. The blue VW Kombi Last Edition seen here is one out of only 600 that will be made before new safety regulations in the country force Volkswagen to phase it out. This model will retail for roughly $36K in American loot, and comes with a certificate of authenticity and a numbered plaque on the dashboard. The specialty interior features color-matched white and blue vinyl, a modern MP3 sound system complete with USB ports, and boasts an 1.4L inline-four that cranks 78 hp on gas and 80 hp on pure ethanol (compare that to its original 28hp 1.2L flat-four engine that ran from 1957-2005).

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Subject: Pimp My Truck?
I am not sure if this is going to the right recipient, I am wondering how minitruckers get their truck sponcered, my boyfriend is building his truck now and he has so many ideas and things he wants to do but our budget is limited, I have seen stories about people who had sponcerships throughout the build that helped a lot, I am just wondering how to go about getting his truck sponsered. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks,
Thanks, Amber
Dear Amber,
We do get asked how sponsorships work quite often, and sometimes people even ask US if we can sponsor their build—that's always a riot. Well, the best advice we can give you guys is to have a strong game plan in order before approaching any companies for free or discounted swag. We would say mandatory starting materials would include a well-written, spell-checked proposal and rendering showing the final product, and a tentative plan and list of shows you will be hauling (hopefully driving) the truck to once it's complete should be included too. Some manufacturers will be interested to know if the truck has gained the attention of fine publications (such as ours), and if it will be used as a feature story. Long story short, be ready to treat any potential sponsors fairly by living up to your word—don't try to be a sneaky pants just to get free stuff.

Browsin' Around
Photo 5/5   |   Vintage Parts Usa
Accessories are abundant here, and there are some great finishing items that you'll be sure to want. There's way too much to list here, but check out Vintage Parts online.

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