Name: Adam Davies
The classic: Volkswagen Beetle
‘Say I won the lottery tomorrow, then I’d buy a Mustang as well. But if I had to have one car, then it would be the Beetle. This one is what they call a keeper – I don’t really want to ever have to sell this one. Having restored it and changed its look to the red I wanted, I’ve got very attached to it now.’
Adam Davies comes from a Beetle family. Not literally – but the Bug love runs in the blood. He and his dad Kerry both own VW Beetles, and regularly go to events in them, as well as having restored Adam’s current Beetle together. We asked Adam where it all started.
Some of us will remember a shop called Athena. It was their iconic posters featuring the Beetle that made Adam fancy one as his first car, back when he was 15 and hadn’t yet learned to drive.
‘Between the posters and the Herbie films, I definitely got the impression that Beetles were cool,’ says Adam. ‘I mentioned it to my Dad, and he didn’t know what a Beetle was at the time! He did some research and kept an eye out. Not long afterwards, Dad spotted a 1970 Beetle in Kings Red by the side of the road that was for sale. He called me up and said, “do you think it’s worth a look?”. My response was “Yes please, don’t hang about!”’
Adam and his dad went to see the Beetle, taking along a friend, Mark Humphries. ‘Mark raced Beetles and he knows a lot about them, so we took him with us because we didn’t really know what we were looking for. We drove it around the corner, and Mark took up the carpets and had a proper look. With Beetles it’s the bottom half that rusts, but Mark said it was solid, so it was an easy decision.’
Adam had a modest sum saved up, thanks to his Nana who had been putting money away into an account for him over the years. ‘I had about £1,000 to spend on a car, and fortunately the price was just right with this one. The lady who was selling it didn’t really know what she’d got; she just wanted to replace it with a Metro, something more modern. She was only asking £950 with all the parts, or £850 without. I made her an offer and the deal was done.’
Back home, family friend Mark did a bit of tinkering on the Bug to make sure it was fully roadworthy and fitted a stereo for Adam. The next challenge for Adam was learning to drive it, under the tutelage of his dad.