How can an international businessman who has been buying (and selling) wholesale lots for more than 40 years escape the bustle of business? If business is a lifestyle and business acumen is active 24 hours a day, is there still free time? Yes, because Epie still has a love for motorized treats from his childhood, such as the Volkswagen Beetle (Type 11 A) (1950) from this article, and that influence is still felt. People who are attracted to the same (car) passion will understand.
By: Dirk de Jong
Epie: “For me it's just like in my business, buying and selling wholesale lots gives me passion. And that passion is the motivation that gives me energy. And I feel that energy, but also that passion when I look at my VW glasses.”
The Beetle was an ordinary utility car in bygone times and these 'glasses' that have fortunately survived can now bear the title 'masterpiece'. The Volkswagen Beetle with the rear window is now a very rare appearance. You hardly see it on the road, but luckily you still see it at classic car events. But every time the over-70s do appear on the road, the heart of the true classic enthusiast will enthusiastically beat a few beats faster.
Epie likes to drive on narrow roads with his wife Sjoukje. He enjoys the surroundings and ... the Volkswagen Beetle at a leisurely pace. Ride quality and technology play no role, nostalgia is the only motive to go out with the Volkswagen. The immortal automobile therefore attracts a lot of admiring glances and that means for Epie a deliberately calmer driver, so that everyone can enjoy this rare version of the 50s from the last century.
Understandably, not everything is known about history. The linen registration number that accompanies the car does give the data of admission on the road in 1950, while the first issue in the Netherlands is on the date of January 25, 1956. It goes without saying that the restoration took some time. It was not only an investment of energy and time, but also the search for original parts from various countries was not an easy task.
To get everything perfectly executed, Epie outsourced the job to this well-known company in the Westereen, also because he previously restored a Lambretta scooter for Epie and turned it into a masterpiece. Quiryn also advised him to hire a good appraiser.
A perfect restoration naturally also required an appraisal that did justice to the special – now exclusive – Volkswagen Beetle. The car was Wilbers Appraisals accurately described with photos of the work performed in order to arrive at the correct pricing. The appraised value that was attached to it now makes it clear that it has become a special Beetle due to its exclusivity and beauty. Admiration for the restorer and the owner for preserving history in this way (and passing it on to the next generation in the future).
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