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My First Car: 1969 Volkwagen Beetle convertible, Susan Miano, 54, St Petersburg

'69 Volkswagen Beetle convertible

In 1973, my senior year of high school in Buffalo, N.Y., my big brother came across this 1969 Volkswagen with a blown engine. After working tirelessly on it for me, he asked me for $50 and gave me the keys. I went directly to the gas station and filled it up for $2.90. It only had AM radio, so my boyfriend, now husband, Mike, cut a hole in the glove compartment to fit my 8-track tape player. The car was very drafty in the winter, so I always had blankets in the car to stay warm. In the summer, with one hand I had the top down, manually, in seconds. Lots of great memories in that car.

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My First Car: 1969 Volkwagen Beetle convertible, Susan Miano, 54, St Petersburg 07/20/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 20, 2009 6:30pm]

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