Eye Candy: "Barn find" 1963 VW Beetle

Gregory Cadez sent us these pictures of his beloved, timelessly beautiful VW Beetle.

  • 1963 VW Beetle

The Car: 1963 VW Beetle

The Owner: Gregory Cadez, Stouffville.

The Story:  As a young boy, Cadez loved the family tradition of driving all over Ontario in a Westfalia on a VW hunt. At least, that’s what they were in his mind. “It was ‘punch buggy’ this and ‘punch buggy’ that; that’s what I remember the most about those trips in the ’80s,” he says.

The itch was just beginning.

“Growing up, I wanted a VW bug. I spent much of high school drawing bugs and buses over and over again.”

Then a few years ago, he came across an orange and black 1963 Beetle from Delhi, Ont., and fell hard. He later learned the car was named “Pumpkin” and had been used to haul kids around Waterford’s Pumpkinfest for years (hence the twisted bumper).

1963 VW Beetle

1963 VW Beetle

The bug needed a major overhaul. “But I loved the way it looked old and ‘barn find’ fresh,” Cadez says, so he launched a four-year build that would preserve its unique beauty. He now enlists the bug in charity events and weekly cruise nights in Stouffville, Markham and Uxbridge, and says he often gets asked if he’s going to paint it. The answer to that, he says, would be ‘No.’ “I think that would ruin the character of the car forever.”

1963 VW Beetle

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