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PBY138D - Phoebe  

My 1966 Karmann Cabriolet Beetle.

Its a US Import.

It appears to have been Built in May 1965.

It was stolen in LA, California in the late 1980s and then recovered it was given a California State replacement chassis number by the DMV.

It was registered in the UK in 1990 by an M Gorner of Chalfont St Peter.

My friend went to look at it but didn't buy it. But took these photos.. 

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It was later sold to A Zwaan from Surry in August 1996

However, I saw it for sale in Volksworld Magazine over Christmas 1996 and went to take a look ... 

I drove it home on January 6th in the snow with the roof down.

It looked a bit worse for wear...  Now running replacement bonnet and wings in rusty black...  Hood rotten etc....

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I put a 1600 engine and a 1500 gearbox in her. 

 

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She became a daily driver for a while, but the hood just leaked too much to leave her outside...   

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She eventually went into long term storage... 

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We were moving house so in 2006 so she was dug out and MOTd in the August.. 

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I changed the front wheel cylinders and she passed her MOT... She may have been lowered in this period too.. 

August 2006 - Ace Cafe London

September 2006 - VW Action Herts Show Ground.

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Stonor park 2007?

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July 2008 She went for another MOT and was used briefly..  She was running rough and HOT... 

September 2008 - VW Action at Santa Pod

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September 2013 ... Time for another MOT... yes I know... she doesn't come out very often... but I had some things to put back together first... as I had started to pull her apart over a year previously... 

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MOT Time... 

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Passed!

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First Drive in years.. 

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Still running rough... The old fuel was blamed... it wasn't that.. 

Knebworth Classic Car Show - 2013

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A rare trip to the Pub... 

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Further investigation in to the rough running, included New plugs, points, condenser, Rotor arm, Cap, Valve gaps Carb tune etc...  different tail pipes (quieter ones) still not right.. 

September 2013 - VW Action - Phoebe gets her first Tramp Stamp - From Nefarius - Top Pin Stripe bloke.. 

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