Cars have been an important part of my life for many years, even before I could legally drive. I passed my test in a Triumph Herald and went on to buy one when I started work. That was DHG 948D and it served me well enough until I saw a red Beetle lurking in the middle of the forecourt of a second hand car dealer in Preston, Lancashire, in December 1971. After a short test-drive, the car was mine in exchange for £220 and we have had many adventures together since. Click on a picture for more about each car.
|After passing my test, I learnt to drive in my father’s 1960 Beetle, caught the bug and always hankered after one of my own. This car was first registered in Barrow-in-Furness on 10th May 1963, she is a 1963 model, factory fitted with a Golde sunroof.|
|New to the fleet is this 1972 Karmann Ghia Coupe which has a lovely new interior and a dealer-fitted sunroof. Unfortunately it failed its MOT the following year and I discovered that some shortcuts had been taken with the previous restoration. I was able to deal with what had to be done and I’ll be adding more details in due course.|
|The Type 4 was the largest air-cooled car that Volkswagen built and was commercially unsuccessful. However, it was a superb motor car in many respects. This is the 412LS Variant I bought in 1987 with two extra doors spliced into the sides to create a 5-door Variant. I believe that it is the only one ever built.|
|The VW412 Variant Automatic I bought in June 2014. It is an import from California and it passed its first UK MoT on 1st August 2014. It took a week to assemble the necessary paperwork and the DVLA issued the registration certificate and first tax disk a week later. I purchased the number plates on 29th August. More news soon ...|
|I didn’t really plan to buy this car. It was whilst I was working on my Variant conversion project that I heard about someone who had a 412LE fastback with only 22,800 miles on the clock and wanted it to go to a good home. So I arranged to go and see the car after work one evening and agreed to buy it. I took possession on 4th February 2000.|
|This is my first VW Type 4, bought in 1982 from Camerons of Scone, an independent VW dealer, whilst working at Perth, Scotland. It was a 4-door LS Fastback and I loved driving it. Unfortunately it succumbed to the liberal quantities of salt used on the roads every winter in Scotland and ended its days languishing in the corner of a field in Kent. However, it did donate the door frames I needed to create my 5-door Variant, which is finished in this colour. My daughter has changed a little too!|
I’ve also owned a few other cars which all served their purpose at the time. Their memory is consigned to history!
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