Reunion

So often we sell our antique cars and never see them again.  Sometimes that is for the best.  I used to have a beautiful 1967 VW Beetle, black with a red interior.  After I sold it the car began to appear in pinups online.  I could see what horrible things the new owners were doing to it.  A couple years later I began passing it going the opposite direction on my way to work.  I could never catch the new owner.  Recently I saw it being towed up a local highway and the neglect of the car had been so aggressive that it needed a total restoration.  That broke my heart.

At the Arcadia steam show I had a happy reunion.  Hugo reappeared!!! I was looking through some antique tools and looked up to see my electrified 1955 Metropolitan (nicknamed “Hugo”) drive by.  I was so ecstatic that I ran after it and my friends had to come find me.

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The new owner is taking good care of Hugo.  He upgraded the electrical system from 48 to 72 volts so Hugo can drive on regular roads.  Hugo now lives with a friend, a 1959 Triumph Ten.

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The Triumph ten has a twin that is being electrified like Hugo.  The Triumph here came from California where it was destined for scrap until it was rescued.  It is a very complete and rare little car.

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Hugo was a project I did a few years back with my students at Owings Mills High School.  In fact one of my current shop helpers, Vlad, was the student who suggested the project.  We had rented a battered Metropolitan for the musical “Grease”. Vlad looked at the car and suggested that we could build a better one.  Thus the concept of Hugo was born.

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For more of the story of Hugo and photos of the restoration go to this link on my main web page: http://www.hansonmechanical.com/MetEV/Metev.html   It was a very happy reunion seeing this car again, and seeing that the new owner is caring for and enjoying Hugo.

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