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Old 7th March 2019, 16:25   #1186
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A few recent VW pictures and videos from my drives, meets, events and random spottings.
The Type III notchback (GDL 1333) was a dream-car of mine for a long time, after seeing one nicely done-up/modded (eight-spoke Empi's, etc) in a U.S. magazine. In my youth the fastbacks/squarebacks were fairly common, but I never actually saw one of these on the road. Rare!!!

Whose is this one? And all these cars are in Goa?

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An Oval bug has been on my bucket list of cars to own for a long time.
Early this year, two cars (1955 and 1961) that have been resting for 20-odd years, came up for sale in Goa, and I just had to have them!

I believe the oval has been seen before on t-bhp.
The oval window is really a beauty, quite a find.... one of those cars where the original model really looked better than anything that came after (though of course those had superior rear visibility).

What is the current status of it?


My early childhood was spent with V-dubs: a rusty 1963 Convertible, a '67 Beetle bought new by my mom (and totaled when my uncle fell asleep at the wheel - fortunately he was unhurt, and the quite fresh engine of the wrecked '67 was subsequently installed in the convertible); Lastly a 1971 Camper in which our family of four toured Mexico for a year as kids - putting up in everything from Yucatan villages to Mexico City high-rises to provincial colonial towns, to beaches (where we got robbed). I remember winding up a harrowing radio-tower access road with hundreds-of-foot dropoffs, and at the top, walking higher on foot, nearly stepping on a rattlesnake on the path... and also after a night's roadside camping, racing to a river crossing one morning to get there before the rest (we'd waited the whole previous day already as I recall) - the camper drove up two wooden ramps onto two dugout canoes lashed together as a makeshift ferry... it was rainy season and the river was swift and flooding... All quite adventurous for those days; And as conservative as my parents subsequently seemed to be to me, it's obvious they were not really the timid types at heart...

Another uncle and my best friend's father also owned 70's Beetles, and much later a cousin had a '66 sunroof model - they were just absolutely ubiquitous back then. In the days before front-wheel-drive became common, they were (far from
Goan conditions) also the best vehicles around for snow performance.

The vans/campers were severely underpowered and engines tended to burn out quickly on account of heating up under load... but what memories have been made in / with them! A sunroof'ed, roof-windowed Combi van has been another of my dream cars.

-Eric


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Old 2nd April 2019, 17:48   #1187
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Saw this well maintained beetle in Cochin recently. Seemed well cared for with a lot of original fittings.
Heard from a kerala based broker that this beetle changed hands last month.
Don't know whether it is correct. If the selling price mentioned by him is correct, sounded too good to be true........
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Heard from a kerala based broker that this beetle changed hands last month.
Don't know whether it is correct. If the selling price mentioned by him is correct, sounded too good to be true........
Yes, its changed hands. Now with a very passionate owner and BHPian , hoping for a dedicated post/thread soon.
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Here is an Invoice of a 1967 VW1300, imported into South India.

Cost was GBP 470. In 1967 INR was 21.7356 for 1 GBP (Source)

Hence the cost of the car in 1967 was INR 10,216.

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At the recent KVCCC breakfast Meet, this 1967 VW1300 made its first public appearance in Bangalore.

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The Type III notchback (GDL 1333) was a dream-car of mine for a long time, after seeing one nicely done-up/modded (eight-spoke Empi's, etc) in a U.S. magazine. In my youth the fastbacks/squarebacks were fairly common, but I never actually saw one of these on the road. Rare!!!

Whose is this one? And all these cars are in Goa?


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Hi Eric, the Notchback belongs to a friend of mine. All these cars are in Goa, they're part of our local drive group.

Here's a short video I've made of Arjun Balu's 1972 1302S Beetle:
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Here is an Invoice of a 1967 VW1300, imported into South India.

Cost was GBP 470. In 1967 INR was 21.7356 for 1 GBP (Source)

Hence the cost of the car in 1967 was INR 10,216.

Attachment 1868157

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i doubt that the pound was so expensive in 1967, because in 1984-85 Tin Tin comics cost one pound, and i had to save and shell out 16 or 18 rupees each for them. i distinctly remember the usd at about 10 rupees at the same time
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i doubt that the pound was so expensive in 1967, because in 1984-85 Tin Tin comics cost one pound, and i had to save and shell out 16 or 18 rupees each for them. i distinctly remember the usd at about 10 rupees at the same time
Sir, in 1967 the Pound Sterling to INR was indeed in and around 20 to 21 rupees to the Pound. In the late 1970s the Pound fell to as low as ₹ 14 and then climbed back up. In 1984 the Pound was in the 23 rupee range and by 1985 in the 24 odd range. Figures quoted by KPS are correct.

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Hi Eric, the Notchback belongs to a friend of mine. All these cars are in Goa, they're part of our local drive group.

Here's a short video I've made of Arjun Balu's 1972 1302S Beetle:
Thanks for this, that is a beautiful Beetle, and it amazes me how attractive the basic, unmodified lines are, once the car is lowered a bit to correct the "stance" and once the tyres are filling the wheel-wells. We grew up with Beetles all around, and while they were practical, economical, reliable, even "cute", they were definitely not sexy in any way. This one proves how easily they can be transformed into something truly eye-catching!

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