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RealRides of WNY - 1978 Volkswagen Beetle

May 12, 2017

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Volkswagen Beetle

I managed to come along just as North Tonawanda’s Bill Winch was about to pull out of this driveway in my Tonawanda neighborhood, and convinced him to pose his 1978 Volkswagen for a quick couple of photos. As you can see, this one’s wearing a pair of fender skirts, rarely seen (at least by me) on old VWs. Asked where he happened to find them, he answered — and I should have guessed — “J.C. Whitney.” Of course! How many of us thumbed through their catalogs as young lads, customizing our imaginary cars. Alas, a quick search of JCW online didn’t turn up any Beetle fender skirts, but I did find them at TheSamba.com if you’re in the market…

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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