27 October 2009

Beetle Series


This is the shop area here where I live. The primary activity going on there right now is the fabrication of new iron railings for the rental properties at the other end. Every day a welder comes and pieces new sections together out front.




We also have this project going on inside the shop. It is at a temporary standstill. In the four months that I have lived here, I have seen work done on this Beetle once. We must be awaiting for parts.


The fenders are stored in there somewhere.






This little unit sits among the many semi-retired vehicles parked hither and yon here. The reinforcement of those bumpers for Mexican traffic appeals to me.



However, the best feature of this one is that it has an alarm installed. Every time I walk past this Beetle, I ponder why in the world it would ever occur to anyone to break into it. Maybe large sums of cash were transported in it.


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I keep my eyes open for a classic such as this one that has those teardrop shaped turn signals mounted on top of the front fenders. I love that touch and wish it had never been abandoned. This is a 1972 model.








Again, the history of the Beetle in México.



9 comments:

27thstreet said...

I don't know about Beetles, but I have long wanted one of those old VW vans, with the Westy pop-up tops. Apparently there are people in business finding old ones with decent bodies and retrofitting them with Subaru "boxer" engines. I can see turning one of these old beasts into a perfect fly fishing, mushroom picking, squeezebox squeezing,dog-toting, portable painting studio and camper. Tuffy P, on the other hand doesn't share my affection and enthusiasm. Rats.

Ruth said...

But Steve, perhaps that alarm is not to protect the contents of that great little Beetle, but to protect the Beetle itself.

Four Dinners said...

My profuse apologies....a classic soft top Beetle went by me earlier but I couldn't get a pic as A) I was driving, B) I had a vodka and lemonade in my free hand and, C) I didn't have my camera.

I ask forgiveness.....

Señor Steve said...

Any one of which would have been a perfectly acceptable excuse by itself. However, I myself have always favored excuses in triads. The symmetry of the Trinity and all, you know.

You are forgiven, Four.

Lynn said...
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Lynn said...

All this talk about Beetles has reminded me that my cousin restored a 1959 model that was eventually purchased for a MOMA collection in New York. Here's a link to a story about in the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/21/travel/driving-under-a-clunker-s-paint-a-masterpiece-emerges.html?pagewanted=all.

And here's a link to the car as part of the collection: http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2002/autobodies/volkswagen.html

Lynn said...

Don't know why the address in the last one is incomplete. I'll try it again here:
http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2002/autobodies/volkswagen.html

Lynn said...

Well, I can't seem to get the whole address to show. Oh well... suffice it to say that it's a beautiful specimen.

Ruth said...

Sheesh. I should have hung onto my 58 bug. I remember we paid $1700 for it.