VW Classics in Lego

As a family we are pretty good customers of Volkswagen. I currently own my third VW Touran, the last one got up to 130,000 miles before I felt the need to change it. Mrs RJR drives a VW polo (her second) Eldest daughter a VW Golf, son VW Passatt estate and youngest daughter a VW Up. If everyone visited on the same day, our drive would look like the local Volkswagen dealership!

Apart from the hard wearing reliability, some of the attraction may be the memories of my very first car, a pale blue VW Beetle. Bought used for the grand sum of £400 in 1987. Initially registered in 1972, it was 14 years old and still running well when I took it on. It did need a bit of welding when the rear floor pans fell out, you can also see in the picture the black rear wing, the original rusted through.

Perhaps the passage of time and the memories of new found freedom offered by car ownership, make me think of this little Beetle with rose tinted classes. The picture is of Mrs. RJR in front of the Beetle on the sea front probably 1987.

The one VW we haven’t owned but would like to, is a Transporter camper van. One day we will feel we can justify the cost. But til then …

My latest Lego adventures will either stem the desires or fuel them.

Lego 10220 VW TI Camper Van

Far to small for us to go camping in, but considerably cheaper to buy and run. This is my current work in progress Lego Set. I remember as a child visiting my Aunty Barbara and riding in the back of hers with my parents.

Unlike my previous Lego builds this is not from the Technics range, and utilises what most people think of as traditional studded bricks. Progress so far…

Complete with “rock and roll” rear seats, drop down table, sink and very 70’s lava lamp. There is something very relaxing ( and addictive) about delving through a bowl of Lego bricks, looking for the next piece required.

As for that beloved little blue beetle, it was replaced by a much less memorable Fiat Strada. The adverts use to say ” Designed by computers, built by robots” shame the Italian build quality didn’t live up to the professed technology. Who wants a car that puts its own indicators on, when you use the windscreen wipers?

The memory of the beetle will continue to live on however as the next set lined up is


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