Daily Features

APRIL 2018: A 1968 VW BEETLE CONVERTIBLE IS NAMED AFTER A FAMOUS TV STAR

By on April 15, 2018
69vw-IMGP0830

IMGP0830

 

The VW Beetle began life in pre-war Germany as the “People’s Car” under order from the highly unlovable but ambitious Adolf Hitler.

 

One has to wonder how this car began its life under the guidance of a ruthless dictator (Hitler) and gained its celebrity under the influence of a beloved Disney character (Herbie).

 

The air-cooled import crossed the big pond to North America in the late Forties after Volkswagen was saved by post-war Britain when Germany fell to the Allied forces and began its post-WW II recovery as a Hitler-free zone.

 

IMGP0828

 

The little air-cooled and rear-wheel drive sub-compact was a big hit in North America and hit 1 million in global sales by 1955. The Beetle was reliable and frugal on gas, but it never produced neck-snapping acceleration and performance along the way.

 

IMGP0824-001

 

A pre-war Beetle corralled only about 25 horses under its rear hood, while the post-war Beetle had about 36 horsepower and rose to 40 horsepower in the 1960s.

 

IMGP0834

 

However, the early Beetle was never designed to compete with the Big Three as a speed machine. The little German car was the perfect urban car because it was affordable-plus it fit into both a tight budget and a crowded parking lot with ease.

 

IMGP0817

 

Many of us from an older generation can recall an era when the Beetle was a big part of the motoring landscape and the centerpiece in the lively but painful game of Punch Buggy. Bear in mind that kids from a different generation traveled on the road without videos-or video games.

 

IMGP3262

 

We can also recall our experience as reluctant young stuntmen because a Beetle was one of the easiest cars to roll, due to its high center of gravity and split rear axle that somehow slipped under the Nader radar.

 

IMGP0825

 

The beauty of a 36-40 horsepower car meant it was typically a slow roll-over.

 

ad-MSCC Logo

 

A bright yellow 1968 VW Beetle convertible was at a summer show last year and got plenty of attention from its admirers- both young and old.

 

Owner Lee Birn has been the proud owner of the ’68 Beetle convertible for the past few years. Lee has kept the car as close as possible to its original form, including a 40 horsepower air-cooled engine under the rear hood.

 

IMGP0826

 

The brightly-colored import car was named Lucy by one of Lee’s children because she is a fan of the late brightly-colored TV star, Lucille Ball.

 

The car is typically used for family trips and Lee likes to choose the road less traveled for his route. The car can comfortably hit about 60 mph (100 km/h), a speed that falls well short of a 21st century freeway speed.

 

IMGP0829

 

Consequently, Lee is more comfortable on a two lane road where lower speeds are the norm and he can enjoy the relaxed pace with his family.

 

IMGP3266

 

Lee uses the Beetle for special occasions with his family so they can all enjoy the memories made in the 50-year-old car. The Beetle is cheap to run and does not take large amounts of gas along the way, a trademark that was always part of the early Bug experience.

 

IMGP0820

 

Lee told MyStarCollectorCar the Beetle was his first collector car and it was more affordable than other collector cars.

 

One thing was very obvious: Lee’s 1968 VW Beetle convertible is priceless when it comes to his family memories.    

 

Jim Sutherland

 

CLICK HERE to Like us on Facebook

 

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Twitter

 

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Pinterest

print

66207 Total Views 6 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

oct11-styleimgp9632-1

OCTOBER 23, 2011: DETROIT STYLE FROM THE PAST-WHEN GOOD LOOKS CAN REALLY KILL

  The bygone era of Detroit included many very stylish rides.   This fact is one of the big reasons that old iron has such incredible curb appeal in...

October 23, 2011 View more...
oct2010aimgp2598

OCTOBER 3, 2010 A 25 YEAR RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A GUY AND HIS FIRST VEHICLE: A 1966 CHEVY ½ TON

  Greg Ganski was a typical farm kid back in the 80s.   Most farm kids get behind the wheel of something at a very young age.   It...

October 3, 2010 View more...
IMGP6249

OCTOBER 1, 2009: CANADIAN IRON-77 DODGE ROYAL MONACO –AN OLD POLICE CAR A NEW LEASE ON LIFE

  Obvious question-why is this vintage police car scary?   Obvious answer-how do those lights look in your rear view mirror when you know you’ve been speeding?   Fortunately...

October 1, 2009 View more...
dave-005

JANUARY 5, 2017 DAVE MIHALKO—HE TURNED A PASSION FOR CARS INTO A THRIVING BUSINESS

dad     Very few people can go to work for decades and love every minute of the experience.   That’s because in most cases a job is simply a...

January 5, 2009 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

IMGP4615-001

JULY 2018 ROAD WARRIORS—THIS IS WHY SUMMER IS ACTUALLY A COOL SEASON

  Winter is the enemy of classic iron but summer is its best friend.   That’s why you’ll see cars like this shoebox Ford in the summer months because...

July 13, 2018 View more...
mill-jjmscc_Neon

MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018

  MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018   Welcome to the MyStarCollectorCar Market Report.   This will be a regional look at prices for collector vehicles based on actual sales so...

August 3, 2017 View more...
products-IMGP5647

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...
116-007

AUGUST 2018 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR

    JULY 30-AUG 5: RED DEER, AB Rock’n Red Deer Alberta Super Run       AUG 2: RED DEER, AB Thursday Cruise Night Weekly Show and Shine...

September 1, 2015 View more...

More At My Star

THE SNOW, THE PARK, AND OTHER THINGS AT THE HIGH RIVER SHOW

  High River, Alberta has one of the largest annual car shows in western Canada.   This event also has a pretty stellar record for sunny weather as witnessed by us at MyStarCollectorCar when we make our annual visit.     That fair weather run came to an end this year when the High River See More

DIRTY HARRY WAS RIGHT: A MAN’S GOTTA KNOW HIS LIMITATIONS

  Legendary and believable tough guy actor Clint Eastwood appeared in a series of memorable action films as Inspector Harry Callahan (aka Dirty Harry) during the 1970s and ‘80s.   He taught millions of fans a series of harsh and violent life lessons in every one of his Dirty Harry movies.   One of the See More

WHAT DOES THE CAR HOBBY HAVE IN COMMON WITH FOOTBALL?

  At first glance, cars and football appear to have little in common.   However, a closer examination proves otherwise when it comes to the two of them.     Incidentally, MyStarCollectorCar’s definition of football involves a large group of angry men who like to beat the living hell out of each other on a See More

MSCC SEPTEMBER 21 FEATURE FRIDAY–IT DOES NOT GET BETTER THAN THIS: OBSERVATIONS FROM THE FRONTLINES OF THE CAR HOBBY

  MyStarCollectorCar has always gone to the heart of the matter when it comes to the car hobby-and it turned out to be a pretty big heart.   We look before we leap at the story behind the vintage vehicle and we still get surprises along the road to a great story.   Most car See More

Editor’s Picks

IMGP7864

THE SNOW, THE PARK, AND OTHER THINGS AT THE HIGH RIVER SHOW

  High River, Alberta has one of the largest annual car shows in western Canada.   This event also has a pretty stellar record for sunny weather as witnessed...

September 23, 2018 View more...
IMG_7146

SEPTEMBER 2018 MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR ROAD WARRIORS: A FEW OF THE MANY HIGHLIGHTS FROM SUMMER 2018

  Summer 2018 officially ended this month and like every summer in the history of summers–it want far too fast.   Despite its far too temporary stay, Summer 2018...

September 21, 2018 View more...
IMGP0954

GET COACHED ON THAT CAR PROJECT—REYNOLDS-ALBERTA MUSEUM VEHICLE RESTORATION WORKSHOPS

  Restoration projects are not easy.   In fact, a full restoration can be the most complex and difficult job you’ll ever take on but the pain is definitely...

September 3, 2018 View more...
red deerCapture-001

NOVEMBER 1-4 2018 PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL Collector Car Auction

    NOVEMBER 1-4 2018 PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL Collector Car Auction 11th Annual Red Deer Fall Finale Classic Sept 7 to 9, 2018 COLLECTOR...

May 31, 2018 View more...

Car Shows and Events

tale of two
ST ALBERT’S ROCK’N AUGUST: THE RAIN, THE PARK, AND A BRADY BUNCH CAR-PLUS A MOPAR FEST

  MyStarCollectorCar was on the road to St Albert, Alberta this past weekend for their annual Rock’n August car show held on the grass in their famous park system....

August 11, 2018
IMG_4818
JULY 28, 2018 19th ANNUAL MICHENER ALLEN CLASSIC AND COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION

FEATURE CAR—THIS MONSTER ’69 CHARGER       The 2nd Generation Chargers are widely seen as one of the most iconic muscle cars ever built. They looked fast from...

June 19, 2017
palm_5
NOVEMBER 1-4, 2018 PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA EG AUCTIONS CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL Collector Car Auction

    NOVEMBER 1-4 2018 PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL Collector Car Auction 11th Annual EG AUCTION Red Deer Fall Finale Classic Sept 7 to 9,...

April 21, 2017
116-008
SEPTEMBER 2018 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR

  JAN 1-OCT 8: WETASKIWIN, AB Reynolds Museum Military Motorcycle Display See 27 military motorcycles from the First World War and the Second World War, on display now at...

October 1, 2015

Ads

Ads responsive