Wednesday , January 20 2021

Learn about Annie's story, "Vochito", which restored VW for free 48 years later (VIDEO)

The American Women's "Vocho" 1967 was brought to the Volkswagen factory in Puebla for its restoration

Being a collector or restaurator is one of the activities that generates the most passion in the automotive industry, as there is an emotional connection between the owner and his cars. But there are people who, without planning, create a lifelong bond with their car and are harder to find. This is the case with Kathleen Brooks and her "Vochito", which she bought in 1966.

The 73-year-old American has lived many things, surely, but her red beard with Annie's nickname has remained with her. The result is a car that has more than 563,000 kilometers in its engine, and in view of its commitment to the company, Volkswagen decided to return.

To thank the years with its "Vocho", Volkswagen North America decided to provide a complete and free "Annie" restoration to the factory specifications. Beetle 67 was brought to the Puebla plant, where Final Editions was built before the model goes out of production.

"I have often said that she and I are very similar because she is old, discolored, tired, dunked, rusted, but you know what happens," said Brooks, owner of the 48-year-old Beetle Volkswagen. "And as long as I take care of her so well, she can keep running."

Volkswagen invested 11 months and 60 workers in the restoration of "Vocho. Eventually 357 pieces were restored and about 40 percent of the parts were replaced. The goal was not to make a piece of paper so they got electrical problems, rust and added better parts like disc brakes, a new radio, an improved suspension, a rebuilt engine and upholstery.

"Vocho" now has a white face luggage rack and tire and is back in California, USA.

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