Car: Volkswagen Beetle 1969
Owned since: 2009
Previously owned: BMW E36 318is coupe 1995
Why I bought it:
"The Volkswagen Beetle has always been an icon since I was a little girl working on them with my father. So, naturally, the Beetle has always been dear to my heart, and when the opportunity arose for me to own one of these beauties I pounced! I found it in a small parking lot in South Australia with a dusty for sale sign, I barely made out the phone number."
"I wish I had known that tyres made for the Beetle have been discontinued. It caused a major headache tracking down a set that would fit and make the handling better - luckily I got help from Tyre empire who sent me the last set of Mexican made tyres they could get their hands on! Another pain was replacing the original panels - original panels are 8mm but all modernly made ones are 6mm so my only option was to go for pre-owned parts."
Things I love:
"The love I have for this car trumps everything, but I simply adore the simplicity of things. For example worried about overheating? Don't, there are no radiators, pipes, pumps or thermostats. Just a big fan designed for directing air over the engine that's right no coolant! The engine is also placed at the back of the car so no hydraulic pump is needed for the steering, there is only one thing attached to the accessory belt and that is the alternator. Truly a car for the working man, who can change anything needed at home or on the road."
"There are very few things I hate about this car, it's truly built like a tank. But if I had to mention anything it would be the handling, the car simply has too much power for a small chassis, with rear wheel drive to be safe compared to our modern cars with all their electronic aids."
"The cost of maintenance for the Volkswagen is minimal, just general upkeep. The fuel consumption is more than what I had expected of a 1,600cc engine at 10 liters per 100km (28mpg) on average it's hardly an economic car, but it's lovely to drive through town. I get a lot of looks and that makes every milliliter count. I do all my own restoration work and mechanical work with the only thing that needed replacing was the idle valve."
"My most recent adventure was down to Renmark in South Australia for a few days under the sun and next to the river with my husband and son. Truly a magical time."
"For the last month or two, she has been collecting dust in the garage waiting for her next adventure. We last used her for an advertising sign to promote our old pizza business, so we might be getting rid of her soon, unfortunately."
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