• Dec 14, 2011
At this time of year there are no shortages of holiday miracles. Most of them seem to involve animals, the cuter and furrier the better. Just today we read about a baby seal who sought shelter in a New Zealand woman's house and curled up on the couch. Earlier in the week, it was the four deer who were saved from drowning by boaters in Alaska. Well, here's a car story in the same vein.

It's about a Beetle. A red, 1963 Volkswagen convertible to be specific. Earlier in the month, the car was listed on eBay and the seller, Eric, contacted website Bring A Trailer hoping to get a little wider publicity for his strikingly original car. Eric was offering the car with a treasure trove of documentation, including the original registration for its California "black plate."

So who should happen to see the pictures of the car? None other than the son of the original owner, Jim, who was with his dad when they drove it home from the dealership almost 50 years ago. When he saw the license plate, those six randomly assigned alphanumerics lit up his memory and, well, then he saw his dad's signature on a photo of the registration...

Let's cut to the chase: Jim is the proud new owner of the Bug.

But that's not all. It seems that Jim had saved one of the keys to his dad's old VW, and sure enough, when he showed up at Eric's house to look at the car, it unlocked the driver's door. As if that's not enough to make you believe in karma, destiny, and Fahrvergnügen, Jim bought the car on his son's 15th birthday. So dad will teach son to drive in the same car that grandpa taught him in.

Take that, cute and furry.


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  • 18 Comments
      Quen47
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, very, very cool!
      rudolfschenker79
      • 3 Years Ago
      great story. But should have included why his old man sold the car to begin with.
      waetherman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cute story. Of course, the grandpa probably paid $1,500 for it new in 1963, while the father had to pay $15,000 to get it back...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, they don't. Car keys are like a fingerprint. No 2 are the same.
          evannever
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Well trolled, Sir. Well trolled.
          Narom
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          My Nan's friend once got into a Ford Escort that she believed was hers parked in front of the shop she worked at. Opened the door and turned the ignition on. Only once the radio came on did she realise it wasn't her car because her radio was stolen!
      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice story, but I hope the son really doesn't have to drive it. Maybe let his mother or sister.
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David
        Dude, the new beetle is a chick car. The vintage beetle is a respectable ride for a male.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      This was the car grandpa shagged his secretary in, and his wife made him sell. Grandma will be pissed as hell to see this little infedelity runabout in the driveway again.
      B
      • 3 Years Ago
      This struck a chord with me. I learned to drive on the vw me and my dad rebuilt. I sold a few years later. A '69 with a 1600 motor, exhaust, headers, etc. as hes no longer around I'd give anything to have it back in the condition we left it in. it's only been 12 years so I think it should still be around.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great story, glad to hear it
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 3 Years Ago
      that was heart warming god bless
      IOMTT
      • 3 Years Ago
      My first 2 cars were VW type 1s. A '72 and a 58' ragtop. I wish I could find the 58 again. Such easy cars to work on.
      CmdrViper
      • 3 Years Ago
      haha the key to my 2002 firebird fit my 1998 firebird. what are the odds?
        Narom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CmdrViper
        Consider they are 4 years apart, i'd say pretty high.
      Danny
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you go to the Ebay page there are a million pictures. The car has all of the stickers on the license plate that his dad would have put on there, too. Pretty cool........
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