Like several friends, my first car was a Volkswagen. It was a family friend’s car and the 1962 VW Bug was pristine. I bought it for $500 in 1972 when I was age 17. The memories of learning about its simple engine and driving it everywhere are still vivid 40 years later.
All these years later, I just drove a 2014 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line for a week. It’s still unmistakably a Volkswagen, but it’s also a completely different car. The new VW Beetle has five times the horsepower of my Bug from yesteryear. And the driving difference, from what I can remember from 40 years ago, is remarkable.
Vintage and new Bugs and Beetles still share a wondrous trait: Both are just fun to drive.
The Bug and Beetle combined are also among the top-10 best-selling cars in history. And I’ve always been a fan of the manufacturer’s lineup, with the exception of the wacky jeep-like beast called The Thing.
Vintage Volkswagens are amonng my 24 Automobile Collections on eBay.com. Here’s the link :Bugs, Beetles, Bliss
My eBay Collections were curated as part of my collaboration with eBay.
Article Last Updated: November 1, 2013.
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A sports, travel and business journalist for more than 45 years, James has written the new car review column The Weekly Driver since 2004.
In addition to this site, James writes a Sunday automotive column for The San Jose Mercury and East Bay Times in Walnut Creek, Calif., and a monthly auto review column for Gulfshore Business, a magazine in Southwest Florida.
An author and contributor to many newspapers, magazines and online publications, James has co-hosted The Weekly Driver Podcast since 2017.