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The Classic Volkswagen That Rules the Anchorage Car Scene

Bill Crawford’s 1960 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible has been turning heads in Alaska for nearly 40 years.

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This 1960 Karmann Ghia is somewhere between a Porsche and a VW Beetle, and is a pretty rare sight in Alaska WSJWhatsNow

Bill Crawford’s 1960 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible has been turning heads in Alaska for nearly 40 years.

By| Photographs by Ash Adams for The Wall Street JournalAug. 29, 2021 10:00 am ETBill Crawford, 83, a retired Chevron senior marketing representative living in Anchorage, Alaska, on his 1960 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible, as told to A.J. Baime.In Alaska, we have four seasons: June, July, August and winter. When my wife, Gaye, and I first moved here in 1977, as soon as summer started, we couldn’t believe how many classic cars were coming out of people’s garages. The collector car atmosphere in Alaska is unbelievable. But it is also seasonal. This time of year, we especially love our cars because we often get snow as soon as September.

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