The Murbella Dilemma

Murbella - 1979 VW Super Beetle Cabriolet

It soon became apparent that while I could do a few minor things to make her “mine”, the fact that she was such an excellent condition survivor would prevent me from really wanting to make any changes.

Murbella - 1979 VW Super Beetle CabrioletHer original engine, while really not adjustable, was completely fully functional and still 100% stock down to the DVDA and original coil. Hell, many of her hoses were original and 38 years old.

The only thing I felt was wrong with her, other than her awful non-original EMPI spoke wheels, was that she had a black vinyl top but her cover was white vinyl. And that carried over into her sun visors which just seemed wrong for some reason.

When I was little, I had a small red convertible Beetle car that had a black cover and it always felt right to me that the cover should match the top since it almost implies it is folded down and the same piece.

Murbella - 1979 VW Super Beetle Cabriolet

Thankfully her previous owner had the original stock wheels she had. I had those retired (the tires on them were from the early 80s and totally rotten), and swapped out her original white top cover for a black one along with the black sunvisors to make her interior feel cohesive.

She’s perfect.

And that’s was kind of the problem.

There wasn’t anything I could do to make her mine without destroying her originality. And ethically, I just could not do it.

I still wanted a sedan like I originally intended, and I went out looking for a 74 brilliant orange  Super to fit the bill.

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