From Grampa With Love
always been into Volkswagen new and
old, but mostly old. I grew up with
them inside and out. Both my parents
had owned Beetles and my mom rebuilt
a couple when I was young. Ever since
then I was hooked! I don't ever remember
not wanting a VW. The first car I ever
owned was a 1997 Jetta and I promised
myself that once I sold my Jetta I would
get a Bug! Had a handful picked out,
but nothing in my comfortable price
I didn't want to get rid of the Jetta
like this but in August of 2014 I was
in a severe car accident. I lost the
use of my right hand and forearm, had
a major brain bleed on my left side,
I couldn't speak, had extreme memory
loss and I couldn't walk. Doctors had
basically gave up on my case due to
lack of motivation. 4+ months went by
and I was still in a wheel chair frustrated
beyond belief, I'd lost all motivation
and concern for my well-being. I believed
I would be stuck there... I couldn't
drive, I couldn't be by myself for any
given amount of time.... I was stuck.
My grandpa came by the house driving
this old run down Beetle in January,
right before my birthday. It was rough,
rusted down body, wasn't running right
and blowing smoke. For years I told
him I had wanted a Beetle, so not only
did he bring me my dream car, he brought
me motivation. He told me that "I
had to get out of these wheels to start
Beetle needed as much help as I did.
But before my one year anniversary from
my accident, I was up walking (with
some assistance, but I was walking).
The day I WALKED on my own two feet
to my Grandpa, he handed me those keys.
And so the Minion Bug was created! Once
my mobility increased, so did Minions.
Working on his motor was good therapy
for my nerve damaged hand and arm and
relearning how to drive a stick helped
with my coordination. I needed Minion
as much as he needed me. We have both
come such a long way from where we started.
He's had a bunch of motor work, body
work, had 90% of the his seals replaced,
replaced glass, interior and wiring
done. So much time has been spent to
get this Beetle to where it is today
and I couldn't be happier. This Bug
literally means the world to me.
was made in the 2nd batch of 1965 Type
1 Beetles from Germanwerks in Germany
and one of a few to be shipped overseas.
He was sold to my grandpa as a '75.
The previous owners hadn't researched
the VIN and hadn't cleaned off his original
metal tag under the hood. They had replaced
the old rusted fenders for updated 1975
model ones and updated the interior.
The original title was lost and Minion
was reregistered as a '75. I'm so proud
of how far Minion has come as much as
I am myself.
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