Jettas, Passats, Golfs, Tiguans, Sciroccos, Corrados, Beetles and even a Karmann Ghia. He’s owned the lot.
From our first memories to our first cars, cars of our youth always gain a place in our hearts. For me personally, growing up was centered on the obsession with the Mercedes CLK DTM, sparked by a few diecast models as a Christmas gift back in ’05. For many older folk, posters of a Lamborghini Countach or perhaps a Dodge Charger may ring bells.
For a young kid in South Carolina, his dream cars were Volkswagen.
Meet Taylor Bryant, European car lover and Volkswagen enthusiast.
Volkswagen themselves dove into the history of Mr Bryant and his love for the brand, anecdotally telling the story of how a young boy riding his bicycle around a local suburb of Charleston, South Carolina ended up dedicating his lifetime to Volkswagen cars.
Bryant would often ride past the Volkswagen dealership to admire the latest Volkswagen cars, and to chat to the local technicians. Six years later, he bought his first car – a 1961 Volkswagen Beetle, and that’s where it all started. Bryant spotted this light blue Beetle whilst at a stop light, and his decision to wind down the window that day sparked his life-long Volkswagen ownership obsession.
Bryant attended Aiken Technical College in 2001 where he received a degree in automotive technology, and went on to work as a master auto technician for Volkswagen for 12 years. From there, Bryant quickly became fond of collecting Volkswagens, starting with classics and moving onto more modern vehicles. Often, he would buy these cars as projects and fix them up, before selling and moving onto another Volkswagen build.
Bryant has owned 42 Volkswagen cars in his lifetime, and is currently in procession of a 1999 Jetta, 2004 Passat Estate and a 2017 Jetta. Some of the best memories have been made with Volkswagen, from school board campaign car to his wedding anniversary and his son’s first car.
In 2013, Bryant left his role as a Volkswagen mechanic and pursued teaching at the college he received his degree from, and said that “it feels really good to give back to the career that has given me everything I’ve ever had.”
He is currently looking at the Atlas SUV as his next car purchase to ferry his dogs and kids around town.