If the Internet is good for anything, aside from hate-filled comments and rage comics, it's good for bringing people together with cars they never though they'd see again. This feel-good story from the awesome Bring a Trailer may restore your faith in our ubiquitous "series of tubes." — Ed.
These photos are of Jim (the new owner and son of the original owner) and I (and Casper the Polar Bear), the day he bought the '63 Bug convertible from me two days ago. Jim was with his father the day they drove the car off the showroom floor in 1962, and his dad taught him to drive in this very same car… Jim is now going to teach his 15 year old son to drive in the car.
Suffice it to say, Jim would NEVER have known about the car being for sale, had it not been for his accidental discovery of the BaT listing. He saw the listing photos, remembered having a red VW Beetle convertible in his past, scrolled through those photos and noticed the California original black plates on the car, the alphanumeric sequence he had remembered his entire life, then realized it was his own father's signature on one of the close up photos of one of the many original owner's cards that had remained all these years, with the owner's log of documents.
Although Jim's father had passed away many years ago, Jim had saved one of the original factory keys to the car, all these years, and when he came to look at the car, he pulled that very same key out of his pocket and unlocked the driver's door with it. We shook hands on a gentleman's agreement at that moment, no money exchanged, and Jim came down to pick the car up the following day, for the hour drive home North, coastal route, top down, 75 degree sunny day.
This all occurred on the day of his son's 15th birthday and needless to say, his son is very excited to learn to drive in this car.
Of all the cars I have owned throughout my life, this is the most bittersweet buyer/ seller experience I have ever had and although I am very sad to see the car leave my garage, and experience the privilege to take it out on long drives, top down, I am very pleased it has gone back to the original family from when it was purchased new.
As I had stated in my listing, I will merely parlay the proceeds from the sale, to continue full restoration of my pair of 1957 DKW Schnell Laster Kastenwagens. Google that marque if it doesn't ring a bell… Thank You BaT and Fingers of oldbug.com for making this all happen.
Thanks Eric! You presented that car very well and we're glad the proper buyer found you via our site! The story about the old key is one for the history books. Best of luck with the future restorations. -BaT
This story originally appeared on Bring a Trailer on December 14, 2011, and was republished with permission.
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