Officially called the Volkswagen Type 1, and lovingly called the Volkswagen Bug, the Volkswagen Beetle was produced from 1938 until 2003. Despite popular belief, the Volkwagen Beetle was not the idea or the creation of Adolf Hitler. Hitler was eventually involved its mass production, but the VW Beetle was actually the brainchild of none other than Ferdinand Porsche. In addition to the Volkswagen Beetle, Ferdinand is credited with creating the first hybrid vehicle (gasoline-electric), the Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK, and obviously the first of numerous Porsche automobiles.
With over 21 million manufactured in its signature air-cooled, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive configuration, the Beetle stands as the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform—ever. As such, many people feel a strong connection to the vehicle. If your mom and dad didn’t own one, you probably knew someone who did during your lifetime—or owned one yourself, by golly. If not, you’ve at least watched Disney’s classic movie (or the more recent rendition starring Lindsay Lohan) The Love Bug, in which a 1963 Bug named Herbie was personified and played the lead character. There’s no doubt that the quirky design and its everlasting association with the hippie movement and surf culture have earned the Beetle a place in cult classic history.
Our customer’s little bug is here for a good once over in preparation for daily driving. The relationship he has with his 1963 Volkswagen Beetle convertible could be considered a love story, and that story goes a little something like this (as told by the customer himself):
About 28 years ago in Bayonne NJ, I saw my Beetle and fell in love at first site. It was stored in a warehouse with a few other cars and owned by a person who rented antique vehicles to the film industry. After “pestering” him to sell the car to me for 3 years, he finally agreed.
I practically exhausted all of my financial resources, including beg, borrow, plead and came very close to stealing to purchase the car. Finally, after the Beetle being in my possession, I felt settled.
And then…I met my girlfriend Trish (my wife now). Of course, I recall the story to be that she liked me and I tolerated her, but if you ask her, she would say the opposite. So, one day I pulled up in my Beetle at one of Trish’s family gatherings and she asked me for a ride. Without thinking about it twice, I said NO! Yup, you guessed it, since that point she hates my car. Even now, every year, she asks me to sell it and reminds me of what we can do in the house or pay bills, etc. My answer still is the same NO!
We have a son in kindergarten now and since he was born, I have been dreaming of him and I cruising down the road one day as an activity only a father and son can enjoy.