6889 IE

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Registration Mark
6889 IE
(a) Type:
Type 1
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(c) Colour:
Phoenix Red
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(a) Country of origin:
(b) County first reg'd:
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Model information

1200N Base Model Beetle


This was my first car, a birthday present from my parents so I could start learning to drive around the yard at home. My father had a soft spot for VWs and we spotted this one in and around the summer of 1995 behind the big blue gate at Western Garages, the main VW dealer in Ennis. I’d always keep an eye out for it when we passed as he was working regularly in Ennis that summer and I’d always tag along. I was speechless when I arrived home from school one day later that year and my father popped a set of keys into my hand as we drove in home and the beetle was parked up in the driveway! I used to collect Volksworld magazines at the time and used read them sat outside in the beetle!
The car itself was a victim of a scrappage scheme, it was taxed until January ’96. 3 previous owners all in County Clare. The body was fairly rotten when we got it, the passenger side floor had opened up with rust, so much so that the passenger seat base dragged off the ground. It had some dodgy repairs when we got it, left hand front quarter panel, tacked in and siliconed, different doors and a 4 wings. Builders silicone was used over repairs to the body so they were all rotten along with the heater channels which were falling apart. The fuel pipe within the chassis was also rotten and leaked petrol. It really needed to be reshelled even way back then in 1996.
I never drove it on the road, and plans to restore it never came to be. I drove it about the yard and learned to tinker with the engine and mechanicals but eventually it just lay idle.
I salvaged the glass and some other bits off it but the rest of it remains in the yard. Maybe, someday I’ll get a decent shell and restore the chassis, but for now it remains “yard art”

Submitted by: Denis Sullivan

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