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"QUANTUM SHOT" #333
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"Beetle" Mania Shows No Sign of Abating

When people see a Volkswagen Beetle they usually feel warm and comfortable about its all-too-familiar compact shape; but more often than not, they also want to customize the HECK OUT OF IT!! And so it goes... endless variations, iterations, abominations - all bound to grace (or curse) your neighborhood roadways.

First, a little history:

Precursor of VW Beetle: a Mercedes!!

Among many prototypes that led to creation of the original "people's car" in Nazi Germany were a few that can leave you scratching your head. For example, this is a Mercedes compact car, which looks pretty darn good - then why did it not go into production? Imagine a Mercedes "Beetle" instead....


(image credit: "Mercedes-Benz Silver Star Century" by Dennis Adler)

And now, for the main course:
(including a few iconic VW van modifications, as well)

Cool-looking roadster, built on 1965 Beetle base:


(image credit: MR38)

Greenery grows well on Beetle "carapaces":


(image copyright: Andrea Caranti)


(image credit: Daniel Mauermann) - via



Joe Gomez of San Antonio, Texas (and two other people who had the same idea) made the Wrought Iron VW:


(image credit: WroughtIronVW)


(image credit: yeeliberto)


(image credit: James Tworow)

"Glass Quilt" VW - made from marbles & stained-glass by Ron Dolce of Oakland, California (laying the glass and 10,000 glass marbles took him 18 years! Wow.)


(image credit: GlassQuilt)

Here is less functional, but also filled with marbles, GLASS version:


(image credit: Andrea C.)

Mini-Beetle by Lance Greathouse:




(images credit: Lance Greathouse)







This skating "mod" is based on VW Beetle chassis:




(sent in by VolkSkate)

VW Yin-Yang sculpture:


(image credit: Claudio Lara)

Speaking of art, the Fremont Troll has a VW Beetle for breakfast in Seattle:




(image credit: Wade Griffith)

All the parts are clearly visible in this installation:


(image credit: Olivia)

Some modifications are definitely not mobile any more:



1968 VW bus with 1964 bug top:




(sent in by VolkSkate)


(image credit: Chris Iwanowski)

This camping set-up is even cuter:


(image credit: Kath & Theo)

Macho bus:
(seen in Anchorage, Alaska)


(image credit: Steve N.)

Good idea for an ad:


(image credit: Uli Rahms)

Vans getting smaller... and smaller...


(image credit: only-connect)


(image credit: Tom Skinner)


(image credit: Mary-Austin & Scott)


(image credit: Jan Tonnesen)

And then there is a heart... that seems to be broken:


(image credit: Nick Harris)

Only natural to cover VW bus with live flowers and call it "Flower Power":


(image credit: Leandro Pena)

A few terrifying "ghost" cars:


(image credit: Steven Miller)


(image credit: Larry Miller)

This one has a better "ghost" existence, as it actually has upgraded wheels and engine inside:


(image credit: zeitraster)

Even when dead, in their "afterlife", the VWs can look alluring:


(image credit: Helmut Gondim)

mysterious:


(image credit: Leila)

or downright scary:


(image credit: Mark /ZmanPhoto)

UnintellegiBill took a picture of what he describes as a "redneck Christmas" decoration:


(image credit: unintellegiBill)

Even in their "original" form, beetles and ladybugs can have traffic jams:


(image credit: Chris)
Other Sources: Volksrod

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The multi-coloured Beetles ("afterlife") were sold as such from the Mexican production line. They took 4 different-colour beetles and a small team just took the various parts off and assembled them on the other bodies just as they felt inspired that day. They then were sold as "clown"-version.

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Blogger Slrman said...

Here in Brazil Beetles of all ages and styles, including buses, (called the Kombi here) are seen on the streets every day. We also see VW-bases Dune Buggies every day. So the Beetle is alive and well.

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Blogger GYUSZI BACSI said...

I think this Beetle has the right to be here (:

http://onlycarsandcars.blogspot.com/2010/05/vw-beetle-kafer-bug-run-extreme-low.html

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