Matt Jacobson is the Head of Market Development for Facebook and Instagram. He's also a man who lives by the water in Manhattan Beach, California, loves to surf, does yoga to clear his mind and collects (unpolished) vintage Rolexes and Pateks in his spare time. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his car collection also revolves around preserving original patina.
After finding a matching-numbers, undamaged second-owner '55 Beetle in Maryland that originally came from Belgium, Matt upgraded it with all the NOS parts he could find on the internet. The non-factory paint job was removed, the engine was rebuilt, but the 6V electric system was retained, as were all of the internal parts in this dependable workhorse. The result is a 38-horsepower car that's happy to keep up with modern traffic while wowing the California crowd with such unique '55 Beetle features as the semaphore signals, an original Motorola radio, unique taillights and period correct Bosch fog lights.
In case you're wondering how much and old Beetle costs in unrestored form, here's a very nice 1952 that just got sold at RM's Paris Auctions. Yes, even the lowly Beetle can get pricey enough that it catches the eye of someone with Facebook money.