If we mention the word 'Volkswagen' in Tjeerd's work, it will provide hours of discussion. A true Beetle enthusiast can chat about it for hours and be willing to give a flattering opinion about this classic. ANWB made a report of a driving test in the 50s and tried to be objective, so to mention both the advantages and the disadvantages. We do not expect that strict objectivity from Tjeerd, but we would like to briefly quote the advantages and disadvantages from the article about the Volkswagen Beetle.
By: Dirk de Jong
The article highlighted the advantages of a well-constructed four-cylinder air-cooled engine, among other things. But the Volkswagen Beetle was also praised for its good road holding and steering. The combination of chassis and body provides a rigid whole. And the solid finish of the car without the mention of 'luxury', stood out.
The noisy engine was experienced as a downside. Just like the acceleration from fourth gear. The rear seats didn't offer much comfort either. And there was also not much to say about the luggage space.
Tjeerd: “You have to keep in mind that the constructors have done an excellent job. A great utility vehicle that was capable of great performance. And more importantly: Solid in execution and cheap in maintenance. Those are the pluses for me.”
the glasses man
You don't think of Hans Anders when you hear about the spectacle man, do you? This article is about the passion of a real spectacle man who has lost his heart to his beautiful blue VW spectacle beetle from 1952. In the 80s, the brother-in-law decided to buy a VW Beetle and Tjeerd was immediately impressed by the beautiful car. So much so, that he spontaneously made an offer in which the 'glasses' immediately changed hands.
These are transitional glasses, a Zwitter. It was the transition from the glasses to the oval. These beetles were made from October 1952 to March 1953. So it was a pair of glasses, but with a dashboard of the new oval type. And that makes it a special Volkswagen, because they were only produced for such a short time. In fact, upon investigation, this Zwitter turned out to be the second oldest Beetle on the registry.
And now after 40 years, the classic is still on his display! He's just proud of his beetle. It gives him a bit of relaxation during his summer rides. Volkswagen glasses have become rare – and unaffordable – but with Tjeerd it's about the game, not the marbles. Can't you feel the nostalgia when you see such a beauty on wheels?