What does this 1953 Volkswagen Beetle look radiant. A joy to behold. And what a pleasure it must be to drive it. Proof of a long lifespan has thus been provided. And it is no wonder that Nico is really proud of his property and likes to show it at classic days and events.
By: Dirk de Jong
Nico Kennis (67) is known in air-cooled Beetle circles, because from the age of 18 he has been addicted to the characteristic little car. Hobby, he has given countless Beetles a second life and has actually witnessed the entire development of the Volkswagen Beetle. The constant changes and improvements have kept his hobby life active with the added bonus that he can now give his son René - who is commercially active in Beetle restorations from before 1953 - useful advice from his experience.
The 'glasses' are very old
For a car (even for the Volkswagen) that is at least the age of the very strong. The very old does not show any wrinkles and there is no trace of old age on the NT-97-77. The car was therefore thoroughly restored.
Nico says: “We are going back to the summer of 1975, a friend of mine was a car mechanic and drove a 65'er Mercedes. Soon the conversation turned to vintage cars, which then started to become a hype. In that period I was very busy in the autocross to make the beetles ready for demolition. He then said that he managed to find a 1953 Volkswagen Beetle at a dealer. Without blushing, the owner asked 1.000 guilders for a Beetle in decomposition. (Mind you, I regularly paid 50 guilders for a wrecking beetle.) So that price was a bit of a bummer.
“It was a Volkswagen Beetle with a complete linen license plate. And after research even a special version that was only produced for 6 months as' transition glasses. Transition glasses or in other words a Swiss Beetle connoisseur knows - which had the dashboard of an oval Beetle but the small rear windows of a spectacle beetle. ”
Traces to the past
“The search came to Mrs. Driebeek from Wassenaar, who had received the car as a gift for her birthday in 1953. The Volkswagen Beetle was pampered for years, but when it reached senior status it was disposed of. So I am actually the second owner, not including the trader. ”
Duration of the restoration
“Patience is the art of waiting. The entire process with my VW Beetle took no less than 25 years and in 1999 it was only ready to drive again. A test drive of 600 kilometers to Germany was immediately undertaken. Without a single problem, because a Volkswagen Beetle always drives… always… always. I have already shown my pride at many events in England, Germany, France and Switzerland. Every time I enjoy it when I start it, these 'glasses' are here to stay. ” Shut down Nico. Awesome! We are curious what you think of it. Let us know at the bottom of the comments.
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