1960 VW Beetle Convertible

Caleb Gregory

I purchased my car, a 1960 VW Beetle Type 1 Convertible in 2019 from my grandfather, who had it for several years before selling it to me. It was produced on September 15, 1959 as a 1960 model at the Karmann factory in Osnabrück, Germany and was sold new in Breman, German as a European model.

As a European model, the Beetle has semaphores and fluted headlights, no overriders on the bumpers, and no turn signals mounted on the fenders. Somewhere along the way, the Beetle was imported into The United States of America and found its way to a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah, where it sat underneath a tree in someone’s driveway for quite some time. Around 2010, the car was purchased and restored.

When my car was restored, it was treated to a color change from the original L473 Alabaster to a metallic red color modeled after an SUV that the owner's wife loved. During the 2020-2021 Winter, my grandfather and I replaced the engine and transmission that were installed during the restoration with an EMPI Super Stock 1600 cc engine from JBUGS, which sports a EMPI 100 cam, dual 40 Weber Carburetors, and a Freeway Flyer Transmission.