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Claus Missing and Peter Schepens are both long standing and deeply passionate fans of VW’s; in fact they both started driving with a Beetle as their first car. Back in 1980 Peter’s grandfather gave him his first Beetle, a 1973 1300. Whilst the car that started it all for Claus back in 1989 was a 1967 Beetle. As the years passed and their interests grew more focused, they became ardent fans of early Convertible Beetles. Peter’s attention fixed on the Type 14A Hebmüller Roadster, whilst Claus became a devoted fan of the Type 15A Karmann Kabriolett. Claus went on to restore handful gems from VW such as a Split Beetle, Westfalia Buses, a Barndoor Panel van and, his dream car, a 1952 Karmann Kabriolett. Peter was well known within the VW hobby, attending the major events either with his 1956 Oval or his special bodied Zelensis - an extremely rare VW based sports car made in Belgium. During the week, Peter often relies on his 1303 Karmann Beetle to get him to and from work. As the interest in Hebmüllers also took hold of Claus, both he and Peter got a strong urge to own one of these prized Volkswagens. The hunt Claus went on resulted in finding his stunning Swiss Hebmüller, a perfectly restored example painted dark blue with ivory white flanks. Having researched and studied the Type 14A model in the detail since 1985, Peter had the necessary knowledge, and skill, to take on a somewhat different but no less fulfilling quest… he decided to build his own tribute car! The outcome was a hand made facsimile so correct in appearance and detail most would never realise he had made it himself at home. Thanks to some of Peter’s friends, the car has become known as the Schepmüller. Ultimately, the shared interest in early Convertibles brought Claus and Peter together and lead to their quest to provide this vehicle registry as open public portal.

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