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2013-09-27 10:28

A FITTING RESTING PLACE: Kobus Theron (inset) will be able to visit his 1981 Jetta at the VW AutoPavilion motor museum in Uitenhage. Image: VWSA

Kobus Theron wanted the memories of his beloved 1981 VW Jetta to live on and found the perfect solution - he donated it to VW's AutoPavilion motor museum in Uitenhage. The 32-year-old car is "immaculate" with only 108 000km on the odometer

What do you do with your beloved family car if you want your memories of it to live on?

Kobus Theron, who faced having to part with his 1981 VW Jetta, donated his vehicle to the automaker's AutoPavilion motor museum in Uitenhage in September 2013. Theron said that by donating it to the museum he could still visit it occasionally.


Theron said: “The Jetta 1500 GLS auto was first purchased in February 1981 for a mere R7217 by my father-in-law. I bought it from him in July 1997 as a gift for my wife, who has driven it until now."

“Our VW Jetta has been in the family for 32 years and means so much to us that we just couldn’t bear to sell it. As a family, we decided to give it back to the people who dedicate their lives to building the best product on the market."

Theron's Jetta is in immaculate condition with only 108 000km. He claims the model has no scratches or dents, it has original carpets and seats and only the windscreen has been replaced.

The Jetta has been in production since 1979 and was originally adapted by adding a conventional boot to the Golf hatchback. By mid-2011, almost 10-million Jettas had been produced and sold worldwide. The current generation Jetta was launched in SA in 2011.


Theron said: “My motto is simple: ‘As you treat your car, it will treat you’. The Jetta had a major service every year. I personally topped up the oil and brake fluid, maintaining the absolute correct levels and never mixing lubricants.

"Maintaining the car on a daily basis with all the love and care I could manage is the only reason the Jetta is still in good condition."

VWSA's general manager for communications Matt Gennrich said: “It is wonderful to see someone with such passion and dedication when it comes to looking after his car. It looks like it just came out of the box."
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