Once More – the story of VIN 903847

The incredible history of a 1955 Volkswagen Beetle

The word Volkswagen translates to mean ‘people’s car’ in German, and really, the iconic vintage cars have long-held people’s affections since they were first introduced.

The amazing story of VIN 903847
The amazing story of VIN 903847

Now Academy Award-nominated director Hubert Davis looks to investigate the incredible history of a 1955 Volkswagen Beetle, VIN 903847, through each of its drivers. Dating back to the original owner, three remarkable solo trips around the world are just the start of the story. As much as it is a story about the people connected by one machine, it’s also an observation of our enduring fascination with the automobile.

This looks like it could be a really interesting watch…

I do love a bug

My personal Beetle owning chronology thus far has been this. My first air-cooled car was a 1968 RHD deluxe Beetle. Had this a good few years, and it took me all over the country. I believe its still on the road with a new owner somewhere?

My first Volkswagen, a 1968 RHD Deluxe Beetle
My first Volkswagen, a 1968 RHD Deluxe Beetle

Fun in a 1302s Beetle

At this time, I also got an early 1972 RHD 1302s as a bit of a project/spares car. We drove it for a bit, and I have to say it was really fun to drive! The early 1302s is a cracking little Beetle with MacPherson strut front and IRS rear suspension, a good gearbox and a nippy 1600 engine. Drove like it was on rails! Unfortunately, it was way too far gone underneath to be saved at the time. Real shame looking back on it. The car had attitude!

My second Volkswagen Beetle, a 1972 RHD project 1302s
My second Volkswagen Beetle, a 1972 RHD project 1302s

Ragtop perfection

My favourite Beetle and still much missed ‘Golde’ Ragtop beetle – I really want to get another one at some point, the ragtop Beetles are the best IMHO. I drove this everywhere. Originally collected it from up in the Highlands of Scotland, I racked up a good few miles in this bug. Super reliable and rock-solid. This is the one car I regret the most selling on!

My favourite (still missed!) 1960 RHD ‘Golde’ Ragtop Volkswagen Beetle
My favourite (still missed!) 1960 RHD ‘Golde’ Ragtop Volkswagen Beetle

Cool camper

But right now, I’m loving my VW Split screen camper with its Canterbury Pitt interior, so my desire for another Volkswagen Ragtop Beetle may just have to wait a little bit longer!

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