It was autumn 1991 as I read the newspaper, freshly picked up out of my letterbox. My eyes widened as I recognized
the following private advertisement:
LIKE NEW, VW 1302, 1970, 21.000 KM (13.600 MLS), IBERIARED, 9.000,- (Deutschmarks = 4.500 Dollar)
My first car - which was acutal my mother's car - was a VW 1302 LS, my first own car was also a VW 1302 L and I
think that's why I dreamed about posessing a VW 1302 by my own only for driving in nice weather ;-) Not long
before this moment, I spent lots of time, money and nerves in restoring a VW 1302. I sold it having much loss
and that's why I never wanted another VW 1302. On the other hand it didn't cost anything just looking on this
car still posessed by it's first owner - I thought ;-) So I drove these 20 km to look at it.
As the first owner - an old man - opened the door of the garage, all my senses were blown away within one minute.
I thought that I must have it. The colour, the early date of manufacturing, the excellent condition and the very
low, proofeable mileage told me not to hesitate any longer. In the meantime I forgot about how many people lent me
the money for buying the car. Thanks again to you all :-)
After signing the contract and drinking something, the first owner begun to check up his documents and I was really
impressed about what he found and gave to me: The original instruction manual, the manual of the am/fm-radio, the
original receipt (the backdrive-lights costed an extra of 33,- DM / 16,- Dollar) and much more. You can take a look
at some of these documents by clicking them on the left side.
I had fun driving the car the next years, especially when some experts checked out the parked car from underneath
looking or expecting a non original welding. They didn't find one, the car was never welded and re-painted so far.
Also I remember a little girl pushing his mom, waving with it's arms and pointing on the beetle saying: 'Look mummy,
a beetle, they are sooooo cute'. I love these moments ;-)
In the meantime I have done some modifications. First of all I changed the original carpet by one in the color of
the car, the seats without headrests were changed by freshly upholstered ones with integrated headrests, also I
changed the old brakes at the front by ventilated discs (manufactured by Kerscher, Germany) and the rear wheel-cylinders
by Porsche 19mm ones. Whith this it's allowed to insert a 160hp engine, for which I also ordered a front sheet metal
with ventilation slots. An oldtimer specialised bodyworker inserted it for me by point welding it like original.
Since I bought my Karmann Ghia Convertible the beetle unfortunately is not used very often. Until now the original
engine is at it's place and during the short season the car is titled (September and October) I drive it around 200km
or perhaps a little more. But I never wanted to sell it because I know I'll never find another VW 1302 in this
In the meantime I found out, this VW 1302 was build at the third day of VW 1302 production, so perhaps it's the oldest
VW 1302 on this planet. Surely it's the oldest in this excellent condition :-)
Regards, WebMaster :-)