Barry as a young boy

Barry's story

Hearing Barry's heart-warming story of his family's gold Beetle gave us an idea...

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Red Volkswagen

Colin Rhyder 

"36 years ago, camping in Cornwall. Our friend's '72 1200. They did well to get a frame tent and all the gear of a family of 4 in and on a Beetle. Travelling around in this car started a lifelong obsession with VWs"

A Yellow Volkswagen on a family holiday

Lee Herbert

"This was my parents' new Polo N in 1976, on our first day trip in it - that's me in the hat. My son saw our old photos and liked the look of the MK 1 Polo so much he just had to have one as his first car. He now owns the earliest known survivor in the UK - a Polo L, registered 5.2.76"

David Ashcroft

"Now long gone, but my Beetle took me to many places. ‚ÄčAlas, the Perspex stone guard was bashed off whilst parked on the Champs Elysees! Happy days. This was July 1981, but still driving VWs."

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An old photo of Maki

Maki-Rees Stavros

"My mum, sister and I with mum’s Mk I GTI about 20 years or so ago. We still have her!"

An old photo of Bay Wong

Bay Wong

"My brother-in-law’s girlfriend’s mum’s Breadvan from 30 years ago. Very happy that I took him to pick his very own Breadvan and piece of VW history today!"

An old photo of Bill Rudman, leaning on a yellow Volkswagen Golf

Bill Rudman

"My last pair of flares in 1976 and my dad’s 1974 Golf which was bought new in ‘74 from Listers Coventry. It was the first Golf in Rugby, Warks – we had Beetles before. I still have an Aircooled Karmann Ghia."

An old photo of Fernando with her family and their Volkswagen

Fernando Cordeiro

"Flower power! My first memories in a car were in this 1973 Beetle with a 1.6 engine. I remember my mum being proud that she was quicker at the traffic lights than most other cars at the time."

A history of Volkswagens

The Volkswagen story 

Explore our history from the first 'people's car' to present day.

Barry bewildered on the beach when he sees his new Beetle

How we pulled it off

Watch behind the scenes footage on how we gave Barry the surprise of his life...