These little cars "bug" me....
My tiny collection of small model VWs started with the real deal.
We actually pushed it off the showroom floor and it had only 8 miles on the odometer. This was my very first new car!
The salesman coached me as we drove around the block a few times to acquaint me with its manual stick shifting and, then, I drove it home to Burbank and parked it proudly in my driveway.
Did I mention it was a bright orange color and I had bought it on Halloween?
My clever daughter Amy suggested I leave a light burning inside the Beetle that night as the trick-or-treaters passed by...snickering.
The 1973-1975 Super VWs introduced the distinctive curved windshield. Regular Volkswagons continued to be manufactured during this time.
It was a fun car that I drove for well over 100,000 miles and eventually gave to my son.
Years later, I saw a most unusual small model of a VW that, apparently had been made into a martini glass.
It did not have the Super Bug curved windshield but it whetted my appetite to find others.
Today there are 32 VWs displayed on a large table in my media room.
I would stop in shops as I traveled to seek out ones I didn't already have. Pure luck, I never bought a duplicate.
I also never found one to match the color of my first real VW.
Oh, wait a minute, as I was dusting these just now, I saw the elusive color on the "Space Flight" tiny version right in front!
Orange you glad I dust ever so often?
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Labels: curved windshield, longer hood, martini glass car, mini-collection of model cars, orange bug, Super Beetle, VW