Sent over to 1967beetle.com from a reader, Kathleen Brook’s – L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle is definitely worth a mention. From watching her story end to end, what resonates with me most is the emotional connection we all seem to have with these old cars. As some of you may know, my Grandfather purchased our family ’67 over 50 years ago, and I too still drive it today.
Kathleen Brooks bought her first VW Beetle in December 1966 in Riverside, California — a red 1967 model she quickly named “Annie.” Ever since, Annie has been Kathleen’s daily transportation, racking up more than 350,000 miles over 51 years, or enough to circle the globe 14 times, and Kathleen, now 73, still drives Annie to work.
After hearing about Kathleen and Annie’s special relationship last year, Volkswagen’s North American Region undertook a unusual project — offering to restore Annie at the North American home of the Beetle at the Puebla, Mexico, factory. Over the past 11 months, a team of some 60 Volkswagen employees and trainees reworked Annie back to factory-quality specs, with several custom touches that celebrate Kathleen’s dedication. This week, Kathleen and Annie were reunited, and Kathleen met key members of the Volkswagen team that led the restoration.
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