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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:55 pm    Post subject: Rometsch #508 out of hibernation Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, what a sexy car. Can't wait to see it cleaned up.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, with a sunroof?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow! what is the story behind the car and it's re-emergence?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:57 pm    Post subject: The story Reply with quote

The car was owned by a couple in So Cal since the 60's and it was parked in about 1971. A good friend of mine called me to tell me about it and the rest is history. I must admit that the photo on the top of the car in the pile of junk was totally staged Laughing Laughing Laughing as it was actually located in a reasonably clean building...but I just couldn't help myself...had to get artsy with a shot just for the effect. It does look like it came out of the trash pile.

I have come to realize that a couple of the truly hardcore guys knew of it's existence but kept it quiet. It is the oldest Lawrence bodied Rometsch known to exist at this point and I "think" it is one of only two known with the sliding steel sunroof (the other being a much later model in the Grundmann collection) It is a 1957 according to the chassis numbers and paperwork. Obviously quite rough, and it is missing the bumpers and a couple of small bits...but for me...it is a pretty amazing find and I am thrilled to have it here in the shop. I cant wait to see it restored and back on the road someday...it will be a long haul, but it deserves the attention for sure!

Proof that they are indeed "still out there".
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome find !
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Terrific find.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow....
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So..... anyone already knew about it but didn't drag it home earlier???? What's the story behind that?
If I would hear of such car (being up for sale), then I would not hesitate one second to pull the trigger on some offer, so I'm surprised that some VW-freaks already knew for longer period of time, but left the car alone. Question
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So was it reasonably priced ? Or did you pay real money for it ?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are still a few unknown Rometsch cars (and other coachbuilts for that matter) lurking in the shadows. The owners of these vehicles do not desire to have their existence known for a variety of reasons. Usually it is because they will be contacted again and again by people trying to buy the cars.

I and a few others have known of this car for many years... but out of respect for the owner's privacy request have never spoken of it.

Very rare cars are often accompanied by very rare stories and interesting circumstances. If the owner wishes them to be public... then that is awesome... but if the owner wishes for privacy... then I think we can all respect that.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow sold & going to the uk be good to see this at shows in the uk.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone`s got DEEEEEEEP pockets :D
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 1:13 am    Post subject: Re: Rometsch #508 out of hibernation Reply with quote

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Sorry, but I'm not that impressed. Other than the fact that your Rometsch is much rarer than this Notch, old VW garage finds having a California black plate beginning with IM can be found by the dozen between the Coachella Valley and Orange County. You just have to know a guy who knows a guy. I happened upon this Notch exactly as you see it. (I also own some ocean front property in Malibu that I am willing to sell at half its appraised value.)

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The scan at the following post was provided by Samba member 'stale air'. It shows which DMV office issued the Calif. black plates in order by the three letters on the plate. Since yours begins with IM it was issued by the Santa Monica DMV. It is likely that the owner in 1963 lived closest to the Santa Monica DMV. (Another piece of the puzzle about the Rometsch's history has fallen into place.) All vehicles, new and used, received these new plates. If the Rometsch was registered in Calif. before 1963 it would have had the yellow plate that was introduced in 1956.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find!

There was a Rommy here in Australia for a while in the early 1990s but I believe it has now left our shores... if anyone knows anything, please chime in Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Rometsch #508 out of hibernation Reply with quote

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Do all garage find cars contain crutches on the passenger seat?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are they all also fitted with the same steering wheel gloves? The crutches are a stark reminder of what happens to us towards the end of life!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and a blue tarp half on top, and a red rag over the rego plate and a garbage bin beside the door and a tyre on the ground behind it...lol
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