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(Click On Detroit)   Stolen VW Beetle found in Detroit--40 years after it disappeared in Tenessee   (clickondetroit.com) divider line 54
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2014-02-20 04:50:07 PM
But when will the missing letter in "Tenessee" be found?
 
2014-02-20 05:46:54 PM
"You have 5 minutes to move your cube"
 
2014-02-20 05:49:20 PM
Those things really hold up.

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2014-02-20 05:50:04 PM
Unlikely.  Every last VW Beetle in Michigan was reduced by road salt to a heap of rust by 1985.
 
2014-02-20 05:50:34 PM
I bet that was really buggin' them.
 
2014-02-20 05:51:15 PM
Was it Lenon?
 
2014-02-20 05:52:13 PM
FTFA: "U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers in Detroit found the 1965 Beetle during a document check on Jan. 30 as it was being shipped from Michigan to Finland."

Who the fark pays to ship one of the most common-as-dirt vehicles in the world halfway around the world? The first-gen Beetle is the most-manufactured single car in history -- they made 21 MILLION of the things. You can't drive ten minutes without seeing one, as anybody who has ever played punch buggy knows. And it's not like there's anything making this one rare or unusual -- it's not even particularly early production.

How on earth could it be more sensible to ship a car that's obviously in rough shape rather than just buying one locally?
 
2014-02-20 05:52:35 PM
SLUG BUG!
 
2014-02-20 05:52:43 PM
So what was it doing for the last 40 years?  Bit of a shallow article.
 
2014-02-20 05:55:15 PM
AWOL

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-02-20 05:58:05 PM

Smeggy Smurf: SLUG BUG!


One time, a slug bug with one light drove by. I STILL have a bruise.
 
2014-02-20 06:04:39 PM

gweilo8888: FTFA: "U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers in Detroit found the 1965 Beetle during a document check on Jan. 30 as it was being shipped from Michigan to Finland."

Who the fark pays to ship one of the most common-as-dirt vehicles in the world halfway around the world? The first-gen Beetle is the most-manufactured single car in history -- they made 21 MILLION of the things. You can't drive ten minutes without seeing one, as anybody who has ever played punch buggy knows. And it's not like there's anything making this one rare or unusual -- it's not even particularly early production.

How on earth could it be more sensible to ship a car that's obviously in rough shape rather than just buying one locally?


They may not be common in Finland. Even here in the US I don't see nearly as many of them as I used to. Most I do see are either heavily modified or in extremely rough shape.

I always feel bad for the guys buying and selling in cases like this. Usually neither the current owner selling nor the buyer have any idea the car was stolen and in most cases they're SOL.
 
2014-02-20 06:05:17 PM
hmm...

1964 bug in the headline

1965 bug in the article

1967 bug in the photo

for the record, a 1967 convertible bug is kind of rare.
 
2014-02-20 06:06:06 PM
Did they find the Credence tapes?
 
2014-02-20 06:08:41 PM
I wonder how many babies were conceived in that thing.
 
2014-02-20 06:10:31 PM
Paul?
 
2014-02-20 06:11:35 PM
There has to be a joke about how Tenneesee's VW plant kicked the UAW back to Detroit
 
2014-02-20 06:13:07 PM
I'm speechless.
 
2014-02-20 06:21:42 PM

uber humper: There has to be a joke about how Tenneesee's VW plant kicked the UAW back to Detroit


That's how they found the bug, UAW officials were driving it.
 
2014-02-20 06:28:43 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: Did they find the Credence tapes?


Let me guess, you hate the Farkin Eagles.. Man

/love that movie
+1
 
2014-02-20 06:30:37 PM
Is spell check expensive or something?
 
2014-02-20 06:30:40 PM
Heh... reminds me of a story when I worked part-time at an insurance auto auction in mid-Michigan back in the 80s...an adjuster was telling us about a guy who had his car stolen, and they recovered it, missing a ton of parts. It was a new vehicle, so the adjuster had it sent to a shop to have the parts replaced. While they were putting on the parts (used parts were approved by the adjuster), the car's owner noticed how well the paint matched the door... and then noticed the scratch that continued form his fender into the "replacement" door. Almost all the parts they were putting back on his car were the parts stolen from it. The car had been recovered in the northern suburbs of Metro Detroit, and the parts had been purchased from a dealer in Ohio.

Needless to say, the investigation that followed yielded about 20 parts dealers involved in fencing stolen parts.

I'm surprised that Beetle was still in mostly one piece, and that it hadn't already left the country.
 
2014-02-20 06:41:24 PM

LesserEvil: I'm surprised that Beetle was still in mostly one piece, and that it hadn't already left the country.


Probably the only part of that Beetle that had ever been in Tennessee was the VIN plate.
 
2014-02-20 06:50:59 PM

Whatchoo Talkinbout: uber humper: There has to be a joke about how Tenneesee's VW plant kicked the UAW back to Detroit


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2014-02-20 06:56:55 PM
I see the police are really improving.
 
2014-02-20 07:03:36 PM
40 years later? Nice vigilance there, Lou.
 
2014-02-20 07:08:42 PM
Better a German VW than a Mexican VW, those made South of the border are just crap. Saw some people looking to buy a used beetle, biatching to th seller to have good luck selling one made in Mexico.
Glass taillights and such are pricey on the German ones, but there you go.
 
2014-02-20 07:14:53 PM
You can just order all the parts from JC Whitney and make yourself a brand new one.
 
2014-02-20 07:20:13 PM

LesserEvil: Heh... reminds me of a story when I worked part-time at an insurance auto auction in mid-Michigan back in the 80s...an adjuster was telling us about a guy who had his car stolen, and they recovered it, missing a ton of parts. It was a new vehicle, so the adjuster had it sent to a shop to have the parts replaced. While they were putting on the parts (used parts were approved by the adjuster), the car's owner noticed how well the paint matched the door... and then noticed the scratch that continued form his fender into the "replacement" door. Almost all the parts they were putting back on his car were the parts stolen from it. The car had been recovered in the northern suburbs of Metro Detroit, and the parts had been purchased from a dealer in Ohio.

Needless to say, the investigation that followed yielded about 20 parts dealers involved in fencing stolen parts.

I'm surprised that Beetle was still in mostly one piece, and that it hadn't already left the country.


The guy trying to ship it out of country is probably pissed.  I bet he thought he owned a legal car.
 
2014-02-20 07:20:17 PM

harrycary: hmm...

1964 bug in the headline

1965 bug in the article

1967 bug in the photo

for the record, a 1967 convertible bug is kind of rare.


I don't think it's a '67. '67 had reverse (white lights) in the tail light lenses. From what you can see in the pic I think the guts of the article is correct at '65.  But tough to be exact without more pics, and detail. (and less parts missing)
 
2014-02-20 07:22:22 PM
Some Finnish aging hipster is crying tonight.
 
2014-02-20 07:31:35 PM
Probably stolen around Tracy City, Grundy County, Tennessee.

/DNRTFA
 
2014-02-20 07:41:11 PM
True fact -- back in the 70s, folks in Tennessee they could only afford one n in the name of the state.
 
2014-02-20 07:45:21 PM
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2014-02-20 07:53:40 PM

Prey4reign: True fact -- back in the 70s, folks in Tennessee they could only afford one n in the name of the state.


Back then they couldn't afford to pay for a lot of things, that's why they were known as the Volunters.
 
2014-02-20 07:56:41 PM
Isnt it how it always happens in Detroit? The city where the police has to "get geared" and then happen to be 30 minutes late at a scene of a shooting?

Hello 911: there is a shooting here, one down and three are shooting each other.
911 operator: Heu, ill keep you on the line to... hear when the police arrives and when they stop shooting each other.
 
2014-02-20 08:05:43 PM
What a hot Beetle might look like:

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2014-02-20 08:22:40 PM
The detroit news has a little more info, it was being shipped to Findland in order to be restored.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140220/METRO01/302200090/1361/V W- Beetle-stolen-in-1974-discovered-in-Detroit
 
2014-02-20 08:55:20 PM

chiett: harrycary: hmm...

1964 bug in the headline

1965 bug in the article

1967 bug in the photo

for the record, a 1967 convertible bug is kind of rare.

I don't think it's a '67. '67 had reverse (white lights) in the tail light lenses. From what you can see in the pic I think the guts of the article is correct at '65.  But tough to be exact without more pics, and detail. (and less parts missing)


No 67s didnt have a reverse light in the lense, they had backup lights mounted on the bumper.
 
2014-02-20 09:15:28 PM
chiett

The 67 bug had solid red tail lights and no reverse lights. (I restored a 67 from the pan up)

Reverse lights built-into the housing were added starting in 68.

Although, if memory serves, back-up lights were an option from dealers(up until 1967)
and looked like miniature off-road lights bolted to the bumper.

The front fenders are 1967 due to the standard headlights but with the holes for
the older style bumper (i.e. one round & one slotted hole). The 67 is collectible because it
was a transition of style for VW Bugs/Buses and these [among other] features are unique
for that model year only.
 
2014-02-20 09:18:34 PM

jon787: The detroit news has a little more info, it was being shipped to Findland in order to be restored.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140220/METRO01/302200090/1361/V W- Beetle-stolen-in-1974-discovered-in-Detroit


I don't understand shipping it clear to Finland for restoration.  I know a guy who did a great job restoring his own Beetle that he bought when he was 12.  He kept it truly original, too.  He had to build it twice, it was wrecked once.
 
2014-02-20 09:35:44 PM

theflatline: You can just order all the parts from JC Whitney and make yourself a brand new one.


Been my experience that you can't order ALL the parts. In trying to rebuild mine the one part I was told couldn't be ordered were the ribs for the headliner.
 
2014-02-20 09:37:42 PM
Wouldn't it be cheaper to pay for the Finn to have a working vacation here than ship the car? Oh, I'm writing this from California not Detroit.
 
2014-02-20 09:43:40 PM
The shocker for me is that the various databases that have been used since '74 with the various agencies and a non-standard VIN were able to retrieve the info that it was stolen (the VIN on my '65 Porsche is the chassis number which is 6 digits long, and some states used engine casting numbers).  Wasn't until the late 70s or early 80s that the VIN was standardized
 
2014-02-20 09:58:57 PM
if you see a punchbuggy in a church parking lot you won't loose yours at the next cemetary
 
2014-02-20 10:12:32 PM

CoysOdie: if you see a punchbuggy in a church parking lot you won't loose yours at the next cemetary


Wat
 
2014-02-20 10:16:42 PM
Original paint scheme:

lindsaycars.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-02-20 11:44:47 PM

Whatchoo Talkinbout: uber humper: There has to be a joke about how Tenneesee's VW plant kicked the UAW back to Detroit

That's how they found the bug, UAW officials were driving it.


UAW officials don't drive themselves. They have goons driving Lincoln Town Cars drive them everywhere
 
2014-02-21 12:06:16 AM

Whatchoo Talkinbout: uber humper: There has to be a joke about how Tenneesee's VW plant kicked the UAW back to Detroit

That's how they found the bug, UAW officials were driving it.


Because they sure as hell won't drive some piece of crap that they made.  Are you insane??!!! They want to make it their appointments on time.
 
2014-02-21 12:09:25 AM
Huh.  Owner of said car:  M. Moore.
 
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