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Old 09-13-2018, 04:49 PM   #1
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:23 PM   #2
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In 1967 at 16yrs. of age I traded two 10spd bicycles and a pair of ski's (without bindings) for a 1960, 1961 and 1963 beetle. I assembled the parts into one working vehicle and had a blast for the next three years.

In 2013 I bought my wife a birthday present just before she died ... a brand new beetle.

Fond memories
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Old 09-13-2018, 11:48 PM   #3
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After having to ride 2 hours in the backseat of a bug with two suitcases and me all scrunched up, I never really liked the car. I think I'm the only one in the world who doesn't think they're cure.
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:05 AM   #4
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Who could forget the heater design?A kind of heat exchanger using exhaust gases as the heat source. Any rust holes in the exhaust piping sent exhaust gases into the car..oops,I feel sleepy...
Maybe Hitler intended those cars be sold into Israel. Ok ok,yes,Hitler did the decent thing, for once, and died before Israel was established.
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:53 AM   #5
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My first car was a 1966 blue 1300 Beetle. We went everywhere together. Took a while though, 0-60(100kl) was just shy of 20 seconds if memory serves, slightly longer with a head wind.

I fondly remember the dodgy old 6volt battery under the back seat powering headlights measured in candle watt power, literally. Not to mention the windscreen washers being pressurised via the air in the spare tyre. The reserve fuel tank was operated by a manual lever on the floor, giving just enough petrol to get you home.

The handling of the car in the wet was out of this world - and so were you if you were not very very careful. Brakes, an optional extra at best.

However it gave me something no other car has ever done. My first taste of complete freedom as an 18 year old. Not having to ask mum or dad to borrow the car, with the usual homely lecture & time restrictions agreed before the keys were handed over.

I loved that car.
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1972 Beetle, a dollar a pound, the year I graduated from college. Used to fold down the rear seat, put in a little crib mattress and the 2 kids slept all the way to Grandma’s house. Put 60k miles on it, the gas crisis hit, and I sold it for more than I paid for it. Wish I still had it.
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My first car was an orange, 1965, 1200 Beetle. I bought it for $500, drove it for three years, and sold it for $600.


I remember there was about a four month period when the starter had failed, and I didn't have enough money to replace it. So I was always careful to park on a hill, so that I could roll-start it with the clutch. Even if I couldn't find a hill, if it was at least on level ground I could push it fast enough to jump in, clutch, put it in gear, let the clutch out, and get it to start.


I honestly wish I still had that car.
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