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[T3] We are just caretakers


After 5 fun years with a 1971 Squareback, we have passed it on -
or rather 'passed it back'.  We bought it from someone in our town
when my wife saw it driving down the highway with a FOR SALE sign on it.

I purchased it the first night after taking a look at it and taking it for
a short test drive.  This was our first air cooled VW.  Diane had wanted a
Bug, but when she saw the Squareback, she fell in love with it.

The man we bought it from happened to work at the building across from the
one Diane worked in.  At the time we didn't know it, but he was a little
broken hearted after selling it and then having to see it drive by everyday.

They were the original owners and bought it while they were stationed in
Hawaii.  From there they tranferred to New York and had the car shipped
over.  They eventually went back to Hawaii and then to Tennessee.  The
Squareback followed them during all this travel.

We drove the Squareback everyday, hauling us and all sorts of other stuff.
We made a trip to Charlottesville, VA one Christmas, loaded with our two
kids and all our presents.  It brought us to Vicksburg, MS for a quick
weekend trip one very hot summer and just this summer we took it down to
Orlando, FL.

Diane changed jobs and started working at the elementary school our kids go
to.  As luck would have it, the wife of the man we bought it from worked
there too!  Now she would get to see the car everyday....

We discussed the history of the car and how the husband somewhat regretted
selling it.  She said that if we ever decided to sell it, let them know.
At the time we were determined to keep it forever.

During the time we haauareback we had it repainted the original
Kansas Beige, re-upholstered the seats and did many mechanical repairs.  We
retained the original fuel injection and kept the stock steel wheels shod
with 165x15 radials - no dark side modifications for this one.  We did
install an original style wood slat roof rack and some Cibie Oscar driving
lights, but that's it.

So, a few weeks ago I went out and bought yet another car for our fleet.
After some discussion, we targeted the vehicles that had to be thinned out
from our collection.  Three got 'tagged' and one of them was the
Squareback.  We passed the word to the original owners and within a week
they drove off with the Squareback....

So, it was a fun 5 years and it certainly sold us on air cooled VWs.  We
now have 2 1972 Buses which we do plan to keep for some time to come.

Oh yeah, the car we bought that eventually pushed the Squareback out?  A
1982 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 Limousine...:-)  All 20.5 feet and 4700
pounds of it.

Dave Burden - Atlanta, GA

1924 Studebaker Special Six touring car
1926 Studebaker Standard Six hearse (for sale)
1957 BMW Isetta 300 convertible
1972 VW Bus (7 passenger)
1972 VW Bus (almost a camper)
1982 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 Limo

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