This is my final blog post for my ’66 Beetle Project. I want to share with you some pictures and a voicemail message from the person that purchased the car, Chris Vallone. You may have heard of him. Chris is well known in the VW community. He restores classic VW bugs, is the owner of Classic VW Bugs, and is an educator of VW restoration. He has a YouTube channel where he provides free video content for people wanting to learn the art of aircooled VW restoration, or how to just keep them running. I’ve certainly watched many of his YouTube videos. Chris is a real asset to the VW community. I was pleasantly surprised, and excited, that Chris took a liking to my car and purchased it. I feel like my project couldn’t have ended on a better note.
After receiving the car, Chris called to tell me how much he liked it. Unfortunately I missed his call, but he left me the voicemail message below (click to listen).
I guess missing the call wasn’t so bad after all, because I wouldn’t have this voicemail message otherwise. The message meant a lot to me, and my family as well. Thanks Chris!
Here’s a couple of pictures of Chris and his Dad with the car. Of course they added their touches to the car (stock height on the front end, white walls), which I like very much.
The time has come. Karl was picked up today by the car hauling company to take him to his new owner in New York. I have no plans to get another aircooled project at the moment, but I do remember saying that the last time I sold an aircooled VW too. It was a lot of fun restoring Karl, but it took a lot out of me. Maybe I’ll do another one someday in the future. My current plans are to use the proceeds from the sale of Karl towards an RV or camper trailer to take the family camping. I only allow myself one toy at a time (wish I had more space), so unfortunately Karl had to go. Here are some pictures from today:
I’ll start with a few pictures I posted on FaceBook and their threads. Karl was quite popular and well liked…
One last photo-op with the kids…
All Loaded up…
Here’s a picture of one of my Ads:
One final image. A picture Aly drew for me over a year ago (when she was 8 years old). It’s a drawing of her and I washing Karl on a bright sunny day. As far as mementos are concerned, it doesn’t get much better than that. It now hangs on my garage wall. 🙂
The radio is now installed (as of a few weeks ago actually). It looks awesome and is sounding great. I purchased the radio from a gentleman in the UK that restores these old radios. He did a fantastic job! The speaker was purchased from Wolfsburg West. Here’s a video: