1976 Volkswagen Beetle

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Engine4-cyl. 1585cc/48hp EFI
Body Style2dr Sedan
Exterior ColorCherry Red (For now)
Interior Color90's Velour red and black seat covers

It was my impressionable teenage years where I saw the Beetles of the '80s and '90s displayed on the cover of Hot VW's at my local IGA where I fell entranced with this unique German car. It wasn't until 20 years later when I would finally get to enjoy my own people's car. We were about to have our first child when my wife called and said she found a red Beetle on a side street in town. I had to bring her home. The next few weeks I worked extra to raise the funds.

This may not be the cream of the crop but the thrill of rebuilding it and making it my own has endeared it to me as the years have gone by. When I went to look at it, I found it left for dead under the oak tree of a Jeep fanatic. I paid my hard-earned wages and loaded up what would become, as most VW owners agree, my friend for the foreseeable future.

So if you see us driving through the Cherry Captial of the World give us a wave, or at least give your passenger a slug to let them know you passed a bug.

Paint and exterior

The factory color was called Viper Green. I enjoy the Cherry Red a previous owner painted it but I find it humorous I have this knack for collecting the 70's unloved green cars.

Upholstery and interior

I'm not a fan of the seat covers but still haven't decided which I'll convert them to. Either the stock black vinyl covers or my own creation of white vinyl with Mexican blankets for color.

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