Smeggy Smurf: SLUG BUG!
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?
uber humper: There has to be a joke about how Tenneesee's VW plant kicked the UAW back to Detroit
Tyrone Slothrop: Did they find the Credence tapes?
LesserEvil: I'm surprised that Beetle was still in mostly one piece, and that it hadn't already left the country.
Whatchoo Talkinbout: uber humper: There has to be a joke about how Tenneesee's VW plant kicked the UAW back to Detroit
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.
harrycary: hmm...1964 bug in the headline1965 bug in the article1967 bug in the photofor the record, a 1967 convertible bug is kind of rare.
Prey4reign: True fact -- back in the 70s, folks in Tennessee they could only afford one n in the name of the state.
chiett: harrycary: hmm...1964 bug in the headline1965 bug in the article1967 bug in the photofor 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)
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
theflatline: You can just order all the parts from JC Whitney and make yourself a brand new one.
CoysOdie: if you see a punchbuggy in a church parking lot you won't loose yours at the next cemetary
Whatchoo Talkinbout: uber humper: There has to be a joke about how Tenneesee's VW plant kicked the UAW back to DetroitThat's how they found the bug, UAW officials were driving it.
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