Belfast Telegraph

Search is on for Northern Ireland's oldest Volkswagen

By David Elliott

Car retailer Isaac Agnew is celebrating 60 years as a Volkswagen distributor by running a competition to find the oldest running model in Northern Ireland.

It's set the bar high with the recent part exchange of a 1966 Beetle (above) which had been in regular use before being traded in for a 2013 model.

The company said the 47-year-old car has covered 208,000 miles since new but anyone with an older running model will be in line for a luxury weekend for two at Lough Erne Resort and Spa.

For two runners-up, there's a prize of £100 to spend on Volkswagen accessories including items from the Heritage collection.

And with entrants encouraged to share the journeys they've enjoyed in their Volkswagens, the retailer said it might offer "spot prizes" for the best stories.

Although Isaac Agnew's business has been up and running since 1931, its appointment as Northern Ireland's first Volkswagen distributor was the real foundation for future success. The Isaac Agnew Group now represents 11 automotive franchises.

The story of Volkswagen and Isaac Agnew traces a path from the original site on Chichester Street, relocating to North Howard Street in 1964, then Lisburn Road in 1972 and finally to the current location on Boucher Road in 1988. A second dealership was opened in Mallusk in 1975.

To enter, send your stories and photographs to 60years@agnews., post on Facebook at www. or Tweet @IsaacAgnewGroup.

Alternatively, post to Tracey McClelland, Isaac Agnew, 1 Boucher Road, Belfast BT12 6HR.

Belfast Telegraph