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Old Cars reader Wheels: 1962 Volkswagen Beetle


Two generations of owners of the "Bug" 

Two generations of owners of the “Bug” 

Allan Wideman has been making sure this “Bug” has stayed in the family….

“The article in the 8/18/2022 Old Cars e-mail about the T-Bird reminded me of my daughter’s VW Bug. It has survived four generations of women and after being stored for 20 years is back in service again.

Susan’s great grandmother Fern J. Gass purchased this car in the summer of 1962 from the VW dealership in Columbia, Missouri (John Riddick Motors Inc, First & Walnut, Columbia, MO). Great Grandma Gass lived in Mexico, MO. She didn’t drive much in the winter but loved to drive in good weather and made many trips to rural Philadelphia, MO to visit her daughter (Grandma Mary Fern Wagner). Grandma Mary Fern inherited the car when great-grandmother Gass passed away in October 1971 and used the bug as her daily driver for approximately 15 years. When Mary Fern stopped driving the bug Susan’s mother (Ann Wideman) acquired the car. Ann drove it for a couple of years then it was stored in an old shed from 1990 until we decided to pass it on to our daughter in 2009.


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