Just in case anyone doubted my vintage VW cred (i.e. lack of sanity)… I’ve been storing a 1965 Karmann Ghia in Texas for the past 11 years.
I think I bought it back in ’96 from the 2nd owner. It was always garaged and only driven on Sundays to church by a little old lady, has all the receipts, etc. It’s actually in need of restoration, but still almost all original. The interior has disintegrated, but the body is straight and solid – rare for a Texas VW. Otherwise there’s no particular reason I’ve been holding on to it for so long – it’s just easier to keep it.
At the time, I was on a major Karmann Ghia bender and driving a basket-case ’71 convertible Ghia. I bought this one (with a blown engine) as the next project and future daily driver. I couldn’t help myself for only $600. I rebuilt the engine just prior to making the decision to move to California, and was only able to drive it to where it currently sits. We didn’t know how long we would be gone, so we just parked it in a safe spot (free, of course) and it still sits there today. It’s gathered quite a bit of dust, completely rotten tires and a mystery hood dent that was easily popped out. Otherwise, it’s just as I left it 11 years ago.
Over the years, I’ve made a few trips back to check on it. This time, I was requested to move it over a few feet to make more space in the garage. So, there I am rolling it over on a floor jack this weekend. Literally the first time it’s been touched in years.
If I store it once an then store it again, does that count as restoring it?
Up until a few years ago, I actually had another Karmann Ghia in storage. One of the best years – a 1958 coupe. Most people don’t know they changed the body style in ’59. Anyway, it was beyond a basket case, but I got it for free. It was being used as a deer blind and my buddy Dave knew the guy with the land. After a few phone calls, we got permission to just go pick it up. I had some friends with a trailer (thanks again Steve and Tom) and all four of us muscled the rusting bullet-hole-filled work of art onto the trailer. It later got moved to Steve’s dad’s farm until the barn started to collapse around it – and Steve’s ’58 rag top Beetle. Not having too many options, we sold both of them as a pair to a totally stoked VW nut who is probably still telling the story of his big “barn find.”