Tony & Pat Olmo

VW BEE­TLE DELUXE

Classic Sports Car - - Letters -

Se­rial Volk­swa­gen re­stor­ers Tony and Pat Olmo – who also own a ’62 con­vert­ible and ’73 Westy camper – can trace their love of the mar­que to 1994, when they bought their ’56 Bee­tle Deluxe from a friend in the Carmel Val­ley: “It had been cov­ered up for eight years,” says Pat, “and was fin­ished in sil­ver. It was only when we got it home and started to take back the paint that we found, in the footwells, that it was orig­i­nally Di­a­mond Green. It was then that we knew we had to re­store it, and keep it com­pletely orig­i­nal.”

The re­build took two years. “For­tu­nately it was all there, in­clud­ing the match­ing-num­bers en­gine and in­te­rior,” ex­plains Tony. “Ev­ery­thing is bone stock. We had the 36bhp, 1192cc en­gine fully re­built to the orig­i­nal fac­tory spec­i­fi­ca­tions, and the in­te­rior re­trimmed by a mar­que ex­pert who won’t touch any­thing non-stan­dard.”

A host of pe­riod-cor­rect ac­ces­sories help the car to stand out in Carmel, most dat­ing from the Porsche era. “They’re a lot more ex­pen­sive as a re­sult,” says Pat. “It even has the orig­i­nal blank­ing plates in the dash­board.” The car is now com­plete, with the ex­cep­tion of the small Hazet screw­driver, which has gone miss­ing from the orig­i­nal tool­kit. If you have a suit­able re­place­ment, the Ol­mos would love to hear from you…

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