International Scout

1977. The wife wanted it out of the garage and sold it for $4,000.

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Sturgis Bound

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Crosstown Traffic

“C’mon, move it! I’m gonna be late for the park!”

“Hey lady, go pluck yourself in private!”

“I should’ve packed a bone.”

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Sunday Ride

Good day for a ride. -Akira (1988)

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1970 Ford Bronco – Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, California

California or Bust – Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, California

1964 Ford Fairlane – San Juan Capistrano, California

1932 Ford Deuce – 5 South, Oceanside, California


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Buggin’ Out (1997)

New York Daily News – Photos by Corey Sipkin

Way back in 1997, cramming nearly a dozen of my New York Daily News co-workers into the back of the all new Volkswagen Beetle was easy – getting them out was hard.

Everyone loved the new “Love Bug” and when the completely redesigned rover made its NYC debut, we were lucky enough to snag one for a week long joy ride.

The metallic blue Beetle made its way from Times Square to Coney Island and back again, many times over.

New York Daily News – Photos by Corey Sipkin

The 1998 Beetle we tested was literally mobbed wherever I drove it and a New Jersey State Trooper even pulled me over just to look at it. I felt like Bon Jovi getting in and out of it.

Parking the 2-door coupe in Manhattan was a breeze and it handled way better than the original VWs I had driven in the past.

1998 Volkswagen Beetle – Tenth Avenue, New York City

I couldn’t find a 1938 model for a comparison shot, but managed to secure a sweet 1955 version thanks to Bob Cropsey of the Vintage Volkswagen Club of America.

Photographer Corey Sipkin took some amazing photos that day and in the end there was no real comparison to the original aside from the badges.

But despite its numerous faults, I’ll always have a soft spot for the new Bug – which is now the old Bug.

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