I owned MDL 179 from about 1994 to 1997 including when it was featured in VolksWorld magazine.
I was sitting with it at Stanford Hall when Ivan from the magazine told me he wanted to feature it! A very exciting day!
It was a 1955 car so had the ribbed doors, straight gear stick and the bat wing wheel. It also had motometer gauges too!
I bought it from a girl in her late 20s who lived in Tiddington just outside Stratford Upon Avon for £4750 in 1994. It was in great condition, just the engine tinware was a bit ratty, the seat frames and steering wheel in need of restoration and the wheels were a bit sorry.
It had radials with white wall flaps squeezed in them! That's how it appeared in that Bug Jam video. Wow, the 90's fashion looks pretty distinct!
I had the wheels redone in cream with beauty rings and propper white wall crossplys fitted. Changed the US Spec bumpers for Euro.
The had seat frames powder coated (One of them was in poor condition though, did anyone ever replace them?) and the steering wheel resprayed.
I cleaned the engine up and freshened the tinware with a lick of paint.
It had major inner quarter welding done under the rear seat just before I sold it. We ended up using plate under the battery pan, I always hated the fact it wasn't a pressed piece! I think it would have been due some front heater channel work soon after?
I sold it on in 1997 for around £4200! It wasn't easy to sell either! I had a lot of time wasters! I wonder what it's worth now had I kept it?
The guy who bought it was a real enthusiast. Young lad who owned the white mid sixties bug that had just about every accessory fitted!
I have a pile of pictures in a folder somewhere that I'll have to dig out.
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