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This guy has owned 42 Volkswagens and loves them to bits

Jettas, Passats, Golfs, Tiguans, Sciroccos, Corrados, Beetles and even a Karmann Ghia. He's owned the lot.

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From our first memories to our first cars, cars of our youth always gain a place in our hearts. For me personally, growing up was centered on the obsession with the Mercedes CLK DTM, sparked by a few diecast models as a Christmas gift back in '05. For many older folk, posters of a Lamborghini Countach or perhaps a Dodge Charger may ring bells.

For a young kid in South Carolina, his dream cars were Volkswagen.

Meet Taylor Bryant, European car lover and Volkswagen enthusiast.

Volkswagen themselves dove into the history of Mr Bryant and his love for the brand, anecdotally telling the story of how a young boy riding his bicycle around a local suburb of Charleston, South Carolina ended up dedicating his lifetime to Volkswagen cars.

Bryant would often ride past the Volkswagen dealership to admire the latest Volkswagen cars, and to chat to the local technicians. Six years later, he bought his first car - a 1961 Volkswagen Beetle, and that's where it all started. Bryant spotted this light blue Beetle whilst at a stop light, and his decision to wind down the window that day sparked his life-long Volkswagen ownership obsession.

Bryant attended Aiken Technical College in 2001 where he received a degree in automotive technology, and went on to work as a master auto technician for Volkswagen for 12 years. From there, Bryant quickly became fond of collecting Volkswagens, starting with classics and moving onto more modern vehicles. Often, he would buy these cars as projects and fix them up, before selling and moving onto another Volkswagen build.

[Volkswagen] was the first car i bought and will likely be the last.

Taylor Bryant

Bryant has owned 42 Volkswagen cars in his lifetime, and is currently in procession of a 1999 Jetta, 2004 Passat Estate and a 2017 Jetta. Some of the best memories have been made with Volkswagen, from school board campaign car to his wedding anniversary and his son's first car.

In 2013, Bryant left his role as a Volkswagen mechanic and pursued teaching at the college he received his degree from, and said that “it feels really good to give back to the career that has given me everything I’ve ever had.”

He is currently looking at the Atlas SUV as his next car purchase to ferry his dogs and kids around town.

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Comments (25)

  • This is the opposite of the JDM guy who bought one in the 60’s and still has it because it never broke.

      1 month ago
  • If you were going to stick to one brand for most of your life, VW isn’t really a bad choice, there are some forgettable cars and very memorable cars however they are well built and good quality which is far more than can be said of a lot of marques.

      1 month ago
    • And there's something for every period in your life. Whether you want a small and cheap one as a beginning driver, a sporty car when you're younger, or a family saloon when you need, well- a family saloon... If you're not right in the head they...

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        1 month ago
  • Wow that’s some story and achievement! I have been fortunate to fulfil my boyhood dreams. My first car love was the 1970s Aston Martin V8 Volante, when I saw one parked in the street. I can’t have been more than about 10 or so. Then I worked for someone who owned an Aston V8 Vantage in the 90s, and that was it... the thought of NOT owning one sent me mad! By 2000, with my own business built and sold, I had been lucky to have a DB7 i6, a DB7 V12 Vantage Volante, a 1998 V8 Vantage V600, Prince Michael’s Prince of Wales (PoW) 1989 V8 Volante, and the ultimate in my collection anyway- a 2000 V8 Vantage SWB (short wheelbase) Volante which was one of 7, by invitation only. I don’t have them anyone, and am a relative pauper these days, but boy did they satisfy that boyhood dream! I can at least go to my grave one day knowing I fulfilled that dream. Perhaps I should have hung on to them? I might not be a relative pauper, cos they have all gone up tons in value, the last one being worth upward of £1m! Oh well!

      1 month ago
  • Lamborghini Veneno

      1 month ago
  • Outstanding, once you got the bug you never turn back.

      1 month ago

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