Sunday , January 17 2021

Learn about Annie's story, "Vochito" that restores the VW for free 48 years later (video)

The "Vocho" 1967 of the American woman was brought to the Volkswagen factory in Puebla for its reconstruction

Being a collector or restorating is one of the activities that creates the most passion in the automotive world as there is an emotional connection between the owner and his cars. However, there are people, without planning, to connect for life with their car and more difficult to find. This is the case of Kathleen Brooks and her "Vochito" that she bought in 1966.

The 73-year-old American lived a lot of things, that's for sure, but her red Beetle with Annie's nickname stayed with her. The result is a car that has more than 563,000 kilometers in its engine, and given its commitment to the company, Volkswagen decided to return the gesture.

To thank the years with his "Vocho", Volkswagen North America has decided to give complete "free" Annie Recovery to the factory specifications. Beetle 67 was brought to the factory in Puebla where the final editions are built before the model goes out of production.

"I've often said she and I are very similar because she's old, faded, tired, tense, rusty, but you know what's going on," said Brooks, owner of the 48-year-old Volkswagen Beetle. "And as long as I take care of her as best I can, she will continue to run."

Volkswagen has invested 11 months and 60 workers in the rehabilitation of the Vauxhall. In the end, 357 pieces were restored and about 40 percent of the parts were replaced. The goal was not to create a museum piece, so they fixed electrical problems, rust and added better parts such as disc brakes, new radio, improved suspension, engine re-built and upholstery.

"Vocho" now has a white luggage rack and white tires and returned to California, United States.

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