The hyperactive, workaholic genius with little thought to self-preservation beyond the latest hedonistic indulgence, will eventually be brought to heel by his own hubris. Naturally, it’s a tale we’ve all heard before.
And not for the first time within the automotive sphere.
Through oil shortage and parts shortages, through overreaching government regulations, and through a history of scandal most recently culminating in the emissions disaster of 2015, Volkswagen has weathered its fair number of storms.
But they are about to embark upon a new journey with one less ship in their fleet–and it is the most iconic of them all.
Cotter did not coin the term “barn find,” but he has popularized it and in effect made a career of it, chasing down leads to acquire neglected cars of significance and sharing the stories of those cars and their discovery in several well-received books.
Our technology, design, and industry has evolved so rapidly that it is often challenging to reconcile the early days of our history with the modern automobile, but perhaps they are not quite so far apart as they would seem on the surface.