1966 VW Splitscreen Roadster ‘The Lovedub’

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 1966 VW SPLITSCREEN ROADSTER

‘THE LOVEDUB’

REGISTRATION ‘I OVV’

This is the original ‘Lovedub’ so named in 2006 after I attached the cherished registration ‘1 0VV’ to this 1966 VW Splitscreen Roadster.

The number plate  looks like LOVE and also LOW …quite apt as it has been radically lowered.

 

 

I found this roofless Splitscreen in South Africa in 2006. The previous owner had removed the top to prepare it for his wedding; there’s a history of open safari vehicles in South Africa.

I shipped it from South Africa and took it straight from Southampton docks to have the opening windscreen fitted.

Everything else just followed from there: lowering, straight axle, etc. My friends and I worked flat out restoring it (with some mild custom work around the quarter light windows and above the windscreen), my wife chose the colours and, before I knew it, The Lovedub had been painted, the interior was fitted and it was in the 2007 Volksworld Show being displayed to the world.

I originally intended for The Lovedub to earn her keep doing weddings and proms. But I launched my vintage bicycle restoration business around the same time, and that’s kept me so busy that there’s only minimal time for wedding hire. So I only accept bookings for a few local weddings each year.

There is no roof (no point in making a roof for it – then it would just be a normal splitscreen again!). I had tonneau covers made; the rear tonneau clips around the top edge of the bodywork (You can not sit in the back with the tonneau on). The front has a separate tonneau, similar to a MG Midget one.

Every time I drive her, the reception is ridiculous. People stop and shout, laugh or wave, absolutely everyone takes photos. I spend more time chatting and answering questions than actual driving. It’s brilliant driving a car that brings a smile to people’s faces.

If you’re interested in a LOCAL WEDDING HIRE, please phone me direct – 07866-126469 or email me at buyvintage@mac.com

 

 

 

 

 

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(When you think of a great idea, you have to get used to imitators. A woman in Wales stole the ‘Lovedub’ wedding hire name a few years later, and several other people in the north of England seem to have also done so since; maybe she franchised it? ha ha. A few people also apparently de-roofed VW’s to imitate this one)