"36 years ago, camping in Cornwall. Our friend's '72 1200. They did well to get a frame tent and all the gear of a family of 4 in and on a Beetle. Travelling around in this car started a lifelong obsession with VWs"
"This was my parents' new Polo N in 1976, on our first day trip in it - that's me in the hat. My son saw our old photos and liked the look of the MK 1 Polo so much he just had to have one as his first car. He now owns the earliest known survivor in the UK - a Polo L, registered 5.2.76"
"My mum, sister and I with mum’s Mk I GTI about 20 years or so ago. We still have her!"
"My brother-in-law’s girlfriend’s mum’s Breadvan from 30 years ago. Very happy that I took him to pick his very own Breadvan and piece of VW history today!"
"My last pair of flares in 1976 and my dad’s 1974 Golf which was bought new in ‘74 from Listers Coventry. It was the first Golf in Rugby, Warks – we had Beetles before. I still have an Aircooled Karmann Ghia."
"Flower power! My first memories in a car were in this 1973 Beetle with a 1.6 engine. I remember my mum being proud that she was quicker at the traffic lights than most other cars at the time."
"Now long gone, but my beloved Beetle took me to many places. Alas, the Perspex stone guard was bashed off whilst parked on the Champs Elysees! Happy days. This was July 1981, but still driving VWs."
How we pulled it off
Watch behind the scenes footage on how we gave Barry the surprise of his life…
The Volkswagen Story
Explore our history from the first 'people's car' to present day.