Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. We're returning to a block that's given us three vehicles already.

Within sight of this old VW can be found the 1924 Ford Model T, the 1919 Ford Model T, and the 1971 Chevy C10 pickup. It takes a dangerously obsessed very devoted Karmann Ghia aficionado to be able to identify a K-G's year with any precision; I'm looking at the bumpers, taillights, and turn signals and guessing mid-1960s here. If any of you can provide a more accurate model year for us, please do so.

Air-cooled VWs tend to rust even in Alameda's dry climate, though this vehicle has rusty areas that suggest a brief stint in road-salt country. But so what? It's a reasonably early Karmann Ghia and it runs, so life is good for this VW's owner. This is the oldest example we've seen on the island so far; prior to today, we've had this '70, this '71, and this '74.

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