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Gone baby gone

July 6, 2008


I am trying to simplify my life and pare down to fewer possessions.  But that isn’t always a lot of fun.  Logically, I only need (occasionally) one car, not two cars.  And if I have to choose which one to keep, then logically it should be the reliable, efficient Honda and not the temperamental antique VW that requires painful contortions for me to work on.

But the bug was a blast to drive.  I loved the way it looked, the way it handled and performed, and the attention it received everywhere it went. The way it could go practically anywhere.  The car had enthusiasm.  It was Bitchin’.

I hope the new owners Richard and Sun enjoy it.

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  1. EdK
    July 7, 2008 at 07:03 | #1

    Interesting how some vehicles like this have lasted more than 40 years and others have gone to the junkyard in less than 10.  I don’t see any modern vehicles other than a high end Mercedes (or similar car) having that track record, but I don’t see oil lasting 40 years either.

  2. July 7, 2008 at 08:01 | #2

    You’re right, and I even doubt a high-end car would still be around in 40 years.  It isn’t a matter of quality, because cars are much better-made now than 40 years ago.  Parts availability is the main reason that long-lived cars stay on the road; I think you could build an entirely new Beetle from new parts that are currently manufactured in various places.  This is ‘partly’ a matter of the car’s simplicity (not many parts and easy to manufacture) and partly of how many were sold (so there’s a large customer base for new parts).

    But the complexity of a modern car means that no matter how nifty they are, it wouldn’t be possible to maintain parts stocks or make enough new parts.

  3. July 7, 2008 at 11:20 | #3

    My first car was a used ‘71 Super Beetle.  Loved that car, too.

  4. EdK
    July 7, 2008 at 20:11 | #4

    I guess simplicity leads back to the bicycle.  There’s probably no hope of a modern car being relatively simple unless you “home brew” it.

  5. Justice
    July 8, 2008 at 19:56 | #5

    I showed this to my son,  11, who agreed the car     was “too cool to sell.”      Some cars never lose that Bitchin quality.

  6. July 8, 2008 at 20:59 | #6

    Clich├ęs come to mind, but I will resist.  I saw this coming, but still it’s a bit sad.

    It’s also sad that my CR-V won’t last that long; I love that vehicle, though it’s not as tricked out as the Storm Chaser CR-V. http://www.stormchaser.ca/Gear.html

  7. July 12, 2008 at 08:07 | #7

    As the owner of a ratty, foul-smelling and often sour-running 1974 Dodge pickup, I can tell you that it’s a drag to create a sentimental attachment to inanimate objects. This is especially true if they weigh a ton or more.

    I feel your pain.

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