"What kind of trips did you take in your Fox?" Gosh, that's the one question I was hoping Olivia wouldn't ask. Thirty years ago, I'd have been strongly tempted to lie in response; 15 years ago, I'd likely have offered some sort of evasion. As I shamble towards the completion of my fifth decade, however, I've come to appreciate the obscure advantages of age that trail the obvious miseries at a more-than-respectful distance, and one of them is this: I had neither a reason, nor the ability, to impress the young woman who was asking the question. So ...
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I enjoyed reading this. Stories can make a car so much more interesting than it otherwise should be. Now I want to know about Olivia's Fox in ten years.
Love the kangaroo stripes on the car by the way.
This hit me in my feels! My first car was a burgundy 1987 Fox which was the first model year in the US and I bought the FIRST ONE from my local VW dealership. I dated my wife in that car. Loved that thing ... : )
Ah, the late 1970s. It reminds me of how much I loved my '78 Scirocco, with its 71 thumping horsepower and 4-speed manual. At the time, it seemed as though federal mandates were putting an end to any kind of performance, and it felt like I was grabbing the last gasp of the 'sporty' car world.
I just went online to LA Craigslist to see if any Volkswagen Foxes or Sciroccos were for sale. There were none. They used to be a dime a dozen in SoCal. I guess that I am getting old.
One of the things I remember most about the Fox was that when the saying "I'm Audi like 5000" as a way of saying goodbye was kind of a thing among my pier group I would often counter with "I'm Audi like a Fox cuz I'm cheep". Ah the silly things we do.
When I was stationed at Sembach AB in West Germany from 1988-90, my first car was a 1978 VW Derby. The VW Foxes remind me of that car. The VW Derby was based on the VW Polo, which was a smaller car then the VW Golf. It was a 2 door coupe, with a 1.1 liter water cooled engine, FWD, and a 4 speed manual transmission. I only kept it for a year, before terminal rust sent it to the scrapyard with 166,000 Km on it. These cars were never sold in the US market.