The world is never short of life-size LEGO vehicles. We’ve seen a static Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck, a road-worthy LEGO Bugatti Chiron which can hit a roaring 12 MPH (20 KPH), and now, we have a classic: the Volkswagen Type 2 (T2) Bus or Kombi.
For those unfamiliar with the name, the T2 might be most commonly known as “that hippie van”, as movies and television usually associate the vehicle with the 70s. Easily distinguished by its unique shape and lack of air-conditioning, this particular T2 is made by Rene Hoffmeister and Pascal Lenhardbuilt using 400,000 LEGO bricks. Is the interior accurate, you ask? Have a look.
Some would say the interior is better than the real thing. Using a steel-tube frame as a skeleton, the two creators built the van to be more of a makeshift abode than an actual vehicle. It can hold the weight of two full-grown adults and the interior is reminiscent of times when you didn’t have to shower every
day week. The inside features a sink, gas stove, chairs, tables, and a coffee set, all made from LEGO bricks.
While not many of the car’s features work, there is one iconic feature of the Volkswagen T2 which they just had to make functional. I’m talking, of course, about the sliding door, complete with functioning lights. Just as you would expect, the door slides with the ever-familiar “whoosh” sound, opening a doorway to the 70s.
The LEGO T2 is over 16.4 feet in length and weighs just about 1543 pounds (700 kilograms). It took six weeks for Hoffmeister and Lenhardbuilt to complete their creation, whereupon they unveiled it at the f.re.e travel and leisure fair. See their video below about the build (in German), and if interested, you can pick up the smaller, yet still cool, LEGO T1 Camper Van and build it yourself.
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