My very first car was a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle, which my dad gave me as a gift more than a decade ago. It was affordable, small and cute. It’s an antique. Its 1500 cc engine can manage to climb steep roads.
My barkada and I used to ride in it on the way to the long roads of Montalban, Rizal…It was my service when I went around my beat at the northern part of Metro Manila.
I drove it on EDSA during weekends, when traffic was less complicated than it is today. It was air-cool. The engine was on the back, not in the front as modern cars do.
Today, the Beetle is actually 42-years old, with its engine still intact and running. I dreamed of having it restored but due to lack of expertise, time and budget, it remained in our front porch for years. From red, the paint was changed to silver/gray. I wanted it painted bright yellow, have it topped down… but I had no time.
I learned to drive in this very car — shifting gears manually with its unique way of “reverse” gear car.
I loved my Volks! But I had asked my dad to sell it to “de-clutter” our garage. I thought, somebody else gotta take care of my first babe… before rust and dirt get to the better of it…