Hot VWs Magazine - JULY 2022
On the cover : Kimbel Ritch’s ‘54 convertible, looking great in Strato Silver! (Photo: Shin Watanabe)
HEB HO, LET’S GO!
A VW enthusiast for over 50 years, KARL SCHULER has owned his fair share of desirable models, his latest treasure being this 1949 HEBMÜLLER – the 296th manufactured.
ALETTER FROM THE PREVIOUS OWNER HEB #296
Hebmüller 14-00296” is the first of two Type 14A VW “Hebs” that were owned and restored by me, Pete Banholzer of Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Feature chassis number 1-0126 870, it was rolled off from Hebmüller's factory on December 13, 1949. It was sold through MAHAG VW of Munich, Germany.
BUSES & BALLOONS
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO plays host to the largest hot air baloon festival in the world. In tandem, and less than one mile away is buses and baloons, a VW camping event with unbelievable views and an experience you won't soon forget.
After being absent from the VW scene for 11 years, Kimbel Ritch finally realized that Volkswagens were “always there” during his happiest times in the past. So, eight years ago, he decided to return to the scene and bought two rare 1954 Beetles in six months. One was a fully restored, ready to go Type 111 (Standard sedan), and the other a Type 151 – a European Karmann Cabriolet model that needed to be gone through. While collecting trophies with the Standard model, he spent seven years completing the restoration of this early Oval-era convertible.
Information news for the VOLKSWAGEN sales and service organization. Featuring unseen color VW scenes from the 1950S and '60S.