Saturday, July 18, 2009

VW obsoletes the Type 34 model line--40 years ago.

On July 31st, 1969--just 40 short years ago--Volkswagen officially obsoleted the Volkswagen Type 3 Karmann Ghia. I really don't know the exact date...I don't even know the exact last VIN #. I guess I really don't really care enough to do the research, but the numbers are out there for you to discover. The point is that starting on August 1st, 1969, the assembly line at Karmann was turned over to build other cars. Possibly even to support capacity for the 914 Porsche/VW collaboration.

Call me nostalgic. Like many, I never had a hope for buying one new. But I do continue to work to make the Nautilus as close to 'like new' as I can. In the coming weeks, my car is coming home for final assembly. I'm still trying to get parts lined up to support its completion, so I suspect I still have a year or two ahead of me to really get things dialed in. We have so few reproduction parts sources that we have to sometimes use what comes along, then replace them as better parts become available. It will probably be a lifelong pursuit, really. A lot of people are right there with me, which adds to the challenge, but also can foster a spirit of cooperation.

That's just the way it is for those restoring a low production numbers car, obsoleted 40 years ago.