As we recently noted, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is both all-new and decidedly retro, a modern interpretation of an automotive icon.

In celebration we bring you a look at an old-school Bug lover, brilliant British actor Jeremy Irons.

Jeremy Irons with his VW Beetle Cabriolet in 1980

The Brideshead Revisited star is pictured here with wife Sinead Cusack, their son Sam, and dog Speed with their classic Beetle Cabriolet in London in 1980, the year they were last produced in the old body style.

As you’re no doubt aware, Christmas is nearly upon us; we bet Mr. Irons would appreciate a brand new Beetle from his devoted fans….