When I married my wife back in 1974, we both owned muscle cars. Realizing that they were not very conducive to starting our new life together and planning for a family, we both agreed we needed to buy more affordable, reliable cars. My wife ended up with a 1972 green super beetle… I bought a 1969 passenger bus. Talk about a major adjustment…lol. After owning and enjoying our vintage VW’s, we parted ways…knowing, I’d get another one some day.
After owning 8 Corvettes and another half dozen or so 60’s muscle cars, I’d recently lost my passion for classic cars. I started educating myself about VW’s. I’d have liked to get a pre-67 bus…but I didn’t want to re-mortgage my home. Seems the collectible bugs are pre-67 …so I set out to find one. I sold my 2004 Vette, and the hunt was on. I always said the hunt is better than the kill…unless you’re very lucky and find that special piece… which I felt I did. I’m now the proud owner of a 1967 Zenith Blue, fully restored, original California, rust free, numbers matching bug. The passion is back…at least for now.
What passion I lost in the auto collector hobby, due in part, to people who have more money than they know what to do with, buying into the “hobby”, or should I say “big business”, putting pre-available cars out of your average persons price range, I’ve re-acquired in the VW family. Sure, they’re getting pricey…but I think the average persons into VW’s, are more grounded and personable.
I’m looking forward to getting back into cruise nights and mom & pop shows again…Beep Beep.