VW restores 350,000 mile Beetle for cancer worker
An incredible story rewarded by a great act of kindness.
December 1966, Kathleen Brooks ordered her first Volkswagen Beetle, a Beetle that would go on to make headlines for all the right reasons!
Kathleen later took delivery of her 1967 Volkswagen Beetle and named it Annie. Annie has been her daily car for the last 52 years and through that time, it has covered 350,000 miles! Yes, she could have driven around the globe about 14 times by now.
Kathleen is a three time breast cancer survivor and now she spends her time helping other breast cancer patients and survivors during their treatment and recovery. She says that she and 'Annie' are similar in many ways because they are both old and faded but yet they keep on going!
This story caught the attention of VW North America who offered to restore Annie back to her full health, a team at the Puebla factory in Mexico spent almost a year restoring the car to showroom condition. The floor was rusted and needed replacing, the suspension, transmission and electrics all needed to be replaced as well. 'Annie' also received a complete revamp as the old drum brakes were replaced with new discs and a new period looking stereo were added to the car. The car was completely repainted in the same colour it was when new and it's engine was completely rebuilt. The team also had 'Kathleen and Annie' embroidered into the seats to commemorate the relationship between the two.