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When Kathleen Brooks purchased her new Volkswagen Beetle in 1966 and nicknamed it Annie, she by no means may’ve imagined that she’d personal it for over a half-century. However she did and nonetheless does.
The oldsters at VW most likely didn’t anticipate it to final that lengthy, both, however after they heard how the now-73-year-old Riverside, Calif., girl had pushed the little pink Bug 350,000 miles in it and was nonetheless going robust, they determined to do one thing particular. So that they had the automobile shipped to the Puebla, Mexico, manufacturing facility the place the final Sort 1 Beetle was in-built 2003 to repair it up for her.
The 1967 mannequin yr automobile was working effectively sufficient, however its paint had been light by the California solar and its flooring was a little bit rusted by. A lot of the authentic components have been retained in the course of the body-off restoration, however the group used some reproductions and gave the automobile a couple of upgrades.
They embody a set of later-model disc brakes, suspension tweaks, a Bluetooth stereo disguised to appear to be a traditional head unit, a nifty roof rack and a set of snazzy whitewall tires. As for the paint, because the Beetle has a steel, body-colored dashboard, the unique shade was preserved inside the glove compartment they usually have been ready to make use of it to match the respray.
The work took 11 months in all, and the automobile is now again with Brooks who has no plans to present it up. Even when she ever does, she’ll all the time be part of the automobile, as a result of VW embroidered her and Annie’s names on the entrance seats.