Sunday, October 11, 2015

40 Fordish: 1968 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle Custom Woodie

The Volkswagen Beetle was built in a such prodigious numbers that over time people have found the most curious ways to disguise them -- which it is sort of insulting to the original Czech-born designer, a guy named Ferdinand Porsche.  Anyway, this next custom has somehow skirted the line between insulting E.T. "Bob" Gregorie, the designer of the 1937-40 Ford and Mr Porsche, but termites around the world will eat it up.  Find this 1968 Volkswagen Beetle Custom Woodie here on eBay bidding for $3,050 with 1 day to go.


The seller claims that he knows very little about this car because he acquired it in a trade, which makes you REALLY wonder what he traded for this. I just hope it was something El Caminoized...but back to this Beetle.  The conversion to a 1940ish look up front and woodie in the back was done in the 80s and the paint is amateur quality...but, it has an undeniable charm that is hard to put on paper.


My favorite part of the entire custom is how the original Bug rear end sticks out of the furniture section like the Incredible Hulk bursting through his man sized pants.  Who looked at a blue print for that and said "yup, that'll do, time to move onto my next project -- a ladies fur coat that has no sleeves?"  And who thought it was a good idea to put wood right on top of a Volkswagen engine? I'm no fire marshal, but this seems like a poor material choice.


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10 comments:

  1. This is all kinds of awkward. Look at the top of the windshield vs. the curve of the doors. My first thought is that for a little money and a little time, a metal fab person could correct some of the mistakes here. But then something needs to be done about the rear end too. The tailgate needs to be re-worked and the original lights have to go. Still, at that price, if the car is sorted mechanically, there's still some room to play with to make this thing right. It may be easier to start a new body from scratch though.

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  2. I'se gotta weekend, sum plahwood, a jigsawr, some saran wrap (fer winnders) and a gallon of moonshine. Hey Cletus look whut ah done made!

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    1. Homer gonna git likkered up too.........working on the tailgate!

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  3. I'se gotta weekend, sum plahwood, a jigsawr, some saran wrap (fer winnders) and a gallon of moonshine. Hey Cletus look whut ah done made!

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  4. I'se gotta weekend, sum plahwood, a jigsawr, some saran wrap (fer winnders) and a gallon of moonshine. Hey Cletus look whut ah done made!

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  5. Sheesh. I really, really wanted to like this thing.

    I have a soft spot for both Woodies and for V Dubs.

    But then a got a look at the photos... (which, we all know, can hide a multitude of sins).

    So I'm wondering, heck, what do I *not* see here?

    We used to call cars with bad paint jobs "Ten Footers".

    Or, if they were really bad, "Thirty Footers".

    I'm trying to figure out how many feet back I'd need to go on this one, so I didn't notice the plastic wrap windows, the highly combustible rear end, and the plywood...

    Any suggestions?

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    1. Now this one, I kinda like:

      [img]http://www.bgwspectre.com/imagescars/C-3Large.jpg[/img]

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    2. Oops. Sorry Jefe.

      Didn't think the rear end would stick out that much. My bad. :-(

      -Stan

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  6. Not a bad deal at $3300 though.

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    1. Lots to un-do and re-do, Nonny...

      Sometimes it's better to start with a clean slate.

      Or, a mostly sorted out product.

      I speak from experience here! :-P

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