Not sure if you have had the opportunity of watching the wonderful short documentary Once More. The Story of VIN 903847 – the incredible history of a 1955 Volkswagen Beetle but if not, it is well worth a watch…
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.
Journey or destination
After watching it, it made me consider what’s more important, the destination or the journey taken in getting there? When buying a vintage VW (or any other item for that matter), you are in effect buying into an ongoing journey with the car. You become a temporary custodian in which you get to add and direct aspects of its continuing journey.
As with any journey, not everything goes to plan, but that is all part and package of the experience of your ownership. You get to add (and possibly subtract!) from the condition you inherited it in in the first place, but that is normal as we each like to put our ‘mark’ of ownership and personalise things to suit our needs.
My vintage 1965 VW Split screen camper is coming up to its 49th birthday and seems to have enjoyed its journey this far. It’s still fairly ‘stock’ and un-messed around with, so hopefully, during my ownership, I can maintain and possibly build upon its character as the journey continues…