Annie the Beetle | Owner Spotlight

Annie, I’ve said before many times, she and I are so much alike because she’s old. She’s faded. She’s dinged, she’s dented, she’s rusted. But you know what, she keeps running. I bought my car in December of 1966 at Econo Motors in Riverside. She is so cute and I can’t tell you how many times people stopped me to either ask me if she’s for sale. So I tell them, I’ll add your name to the list. People had asked me, well do you have a name for your car? And it just came to me one day. My car’s very personal to me because number one, we’ve been together for so long. And if you think about 51 years of my life, you think about all the experiences I’ve had. She’s been with me through everything. Marriage. Divorce. A new companion. I can remember coming back from chemotherapy and being stuck on, you know, the merge on 5805 coming north. And just leaning my head on her, my elbow on her. I mean, I see her through my eyes. She looks awful. But her guts the inside of her. She’s strong. She’s reliable. And she’s been very, very good to me. I mean think about it. How many people have a car for almost 51 years? for almost 51 years? Isn’t that amazing? And as long as I take as good care of her as I can, she’s going to continue to run. I’ll bet you if you took good care of her, she would probably outlast me. I can’t even believe that this is happening. I did a clip with Channel 8 news last December. When Annie turned 50 and I got a phone call telling me that Volkswagen is going to take my car to Puebla, Mexico and they’re going to restore her mechanically. And that she’s going to come back, so that maybe she can run another 50 years. It’s a gift to me from Volkswagen. It seems ridiculous. She’s a car, but it makes me really emotional. I mean she’s like a… She’s not a part of me, but she’s an extension of me. I hear her. Oh, she sounds so good! Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh, she’s beautiful! Oh my god! Annie, look at you! This is what I dreamed of, but I had no idea. she would look, this good. I mean, let’s say that on a scale of one to ten, I wanted a ten. This is like a 25. She’s just so beautiful. She’s so beautiful. The paint, the color’s perfect. The chrome, all the beautiful chrome and it’s real chrome. And then I noticed that they also, they completely redid the seats. The entire interior has been redone, including the headliner. Everything is fantastic. I’ve noticed so many things. How do you think somebody for this? Really? How do you really think somebody for such a beautiful gift? I’m beside myself, I really am. And I’m so grateful. I just wish that my arms were big enough to hug all of her. Oh Thank you.

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