WW 2-Era VW Schwimmwagen 166 (Swimming Car) Comes Ashore at Fort Worth Car Storage
Local Business Specializing in Antique Auto Storage Now Home to Vintage VW Military Vehicle
FORT WORTH, TX, October 22, 2020 -- Ron Sturgeon, the owner of Haltom City-based Fort Worth Car Storage, has been collecting antique autos for more than 30 years.
He has a special fondness for VW's because he inherited a half-interest in one when his father died when Ron was a teenager. Ron taught himself to repair the bug and eventually started a VW repair shop after he finished high school.
That repair shop morphed into a salvage yard when Ron figured out that he was making more selling used parts from his boneyard than he was from doing repairs. That salvage yard, specializing in foreign luxury vehicles, grew to one of the largest in the United States before Ron sold it to Ford Motor Company's Salvage Division, GreenLeaf, in 1999.
"The Schwimmwagen 166 is really the holy grail for WV antique car collectors," said Sturgeon. "Even though the 166 is the most mass-produced amphibious vehicle in the world, with nearly 15,000 made for the German army in the early years of WW 2, fewer than 190 of them remain," said Sturgeon.
"Edwin Komenda, Ferdinand Porsche's first body designer, had to modify the body of the VW to create a design that would move smoothly through water," said Sturgeon. "The Schwimmwagen 166 is capable of speeds up to 10 mph on water and up to 50 mph on land," added the Fort Worth-based serial entrepreneur and antique car storage facility owner.
"The Schwimmwagen is unique for sure," said Jennifer Knittel. "We cater to a lot of classic car buffs who are looking for antique auto storage Arlington or antique auto storage Dallas, and we store some special automobiles, but we've never had one that doubles as a boat," said Knittel.
About Ron Sturgeon
Ron Sturgeon, owner of Fort Worth Car Storage and Blue Mound 287 Self Storage, has been featured on CNBC's Blue-Collar Millionaires program for his success in the auto salvage business. He is the author of numerous books for businesspeople and a business consultant whose recent projects include developing a shipping container business park in Fort Worth Design District and a rapidly expanding chain of beauty salons with hair salon suites for rent.
About Fort Worth Car Storage
Fort Worth Car Storage offers climate-controlled car storage in a secure facility in the heart of North Fort Worth, where the company has been storing automobiles for more than 30 years. Services include indoor car storage, collector car storage, long-term car storage and discounted storage of vehicles for deployed members of the armed services on active duty. Learn more about military storage at Fort Worth Car Storage by visiting FortWorthCarStorage.com or by calling (817) 999-0980.
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