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A man from Charleston, South Carolina has owned 42 Volkswagens in the last 40 years

One South Carolina man has collected 40 Volkswagen models in the last 42 years, selling off many along the way.

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When you hear that someone has owned 42 vehicles in the last 40 years, your first question will probably be, "Why?" Add in the fact that they've all been Volkswagens and the answer gets even more interesting.

Taylor Bryant, a Charleston, South Carolina native, has always had a soft spot for Volkswagens. Growing up in the Palmetto State, Bryant would ride his bicycle to the local VW dealership and chat up the technicians.

Forty years ago, Bryant spotted a 1961 Volkswagen Beetle waiting at a red light. He approached the driver and asked if he would be willing to sell it. A few weeks and $500 later, the light blue Beetle was his.

Volkswagen Taylor Bryant Bryant has restored, fixed up, and turned around a number of Volkswagens to help fund his habit.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"I drove it all the way through high school and the beginning of college. It really got me into cars because I had to work on it constantly," Bryant said. "You can't pay a whole lot of people to work on your car on a Taco Bell salary at 16."

Bryant went on to earn a degree in automotive technology from Aiken Technical College in South Carolina in 2001 and worked as a Volkswagen master auto technician for 12 years. During that time, Bryant built his own car collection adding a wide variety of models to his collection including a Corrado, original Beetle, Golf, Jetta, and Tiguan.

Starting and maintaining a car collection isn't cheap. Bryant would often buy trade-in vehicles and took them on as project cars. Once a car was complete, he would sell it for whatever money he put into it and use the earnings to fund the next build.

"I pretty much love them all [and] have touched or owned all of them at some point," said Bryant.

Those Volkswagens have played key roles in Bryant's life. He ran for school board in 2010 and used a 2005 Jetta GLI as his campaign car. Bryant bought his wife a Cabriolet for their fifth wedding anniversary, and his son's first car was a Jetta.

His current collection includes a 1999 Jetta, a 2004 Passat Wagon, and a 2017 Jetta. He recently spotted one of his favorite project cars – a beautifully restored red 1967 Karmann Ghia – for sale on Facebook Marketplace.

"It was pretty neat to see a car I restored 20 years ago still running around and looking beautiful," Bryant said.

In 2013, after 12 years of working as a Volkswagen mechanic, he left the shop to become an instructor at Augusta Technical College in Georgia. "It feels really good to give back to the career that has given me everything I've ever had," Bryant said.

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale now.

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The all-electric range of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 has been confirmed. The model is the first modern electric Volkswagen to be sold in the U.S. and a model that the German automaker is resting a lot of hopes on for the future of sales in the country.

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro with all-wheel drive will achieve an EPA-estimated 260 miles of all-electric range on a full charge. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition, which have more features and equipment and therefore weigh more, achieve an estimated 250 miles of range.

The EPA-estimated fuel economy for ID.4 Pro RWD is 107 MPGe in the city; 91 MPGe on the highway, and 99 MPGe combined. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition does slightly worse achieving 104 MPGe in the city, 89 MPGe on the highway, and 97 MPGe combined.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Exterior The "1st" badging denotes the vehicle as a first edition model. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

These new numbers come as part of a second round of EPA testing. Original testing found that the model did not quite hit its target.

How does that compare to other EVs? The Nissan Leaf Plus offers 226 miles of all-electric power. The Hyundai Kona Electric delivers 258 miles. Volvo's XC40 Recharge has just 208 miles of all-electric range but the Tesla Model Y can go up to 326 miles on one full charge.

First out of the Volkswagen gate will be ID.4 models with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery and rear-mounted AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor. That system delivers 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque.

At a public DC fast-charging station with 125 kW charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes. With purchase, ID.4 owners receive three years of unlimited charging at Electrify America DC Fast Chargers at no additional cost.

The 2021 ID.4 is on sale now, with pricing for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro starting at $39,995 MSRP, before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500. The Pro S carries an MSRP of $44,495. The limited-run ID.4 1st Edition, which sold out the day the vehicle was launched, carried an MSRP of $43,995.

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McLaren and TUMI have released another capsule collection.

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Since their partnership was announced in 2019, international travel and lifestyle brand TUMI and supercar manufacturer McLaren have partnered to create a number of capsule collections. Now. another is ready.

This new travel collection is design edit take its owners from the road to the track and the sky, all with an eye toward TUMI's signature made-to-last quality.

TUMI's Creative Director Victor Sanz and Rob Melville, McLaren's supercar Design Director have designed the premium collection to include elegant business, travel, and everyday essentials. A release from the companies says that each pieces "is designed to uncomplicated, while elevating performance in all aspects of life on the move."

McLaren TUMI luggage collection The design lines of McLaren autos carried over to the luggage set.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

McLaren TUMI luggage collection

The collection consists of nine pieces. Each is highlighted with McLaren's signature Papaya color way and features CCSX carbon fiber accents. The body of each is sculpted and bold, just like McLaren's supercars.

"We're two like-minded brands who share the same values—unparalleled quality, technical innovation and design excellence," said Victor Sanz, Creative Director, TUMI. "The value of this partnership, however, extends beyond the product. With a keen focus on lifestyle, we design for the betterment of the customer experience. With McLaren's advanced technology and our top-of-the-line materials, our gear can tackle the most arduous excursions and still effortlessly translate into daily life."

Key travel pieces include the Aero International Expandable 4 Wheel Carry-On and the Quantum Duffel. The carry-on is made of a hybrid of materials, including Tegris, a hard-wearing thermoplastic composite found in race cars. The hard shell is contrasted by a moulded-fabric front panel with a supercar-influenced design. The interior of the product features elements inspired by McLaren's six-point racing harness.

The Velocity Backpack features a USB port and padded laptop compartment as well as TUMI's signature Add-a-Bag sleeve.

The collection includes traditional luggage pieces and inserts.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

The Torque Sling, Lumin Utility Pouch, Orbit Small Packing Cube, Trace Expandable Organizer, and split compartment Teron Travel Kit round out the collection.

The TUMI x McLaren collection is available now via TUMI.com and at TUMI's retailers globally.

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