Monday, April 3, 2017

Unusual Volkswagens

 23 window bus with famous worldly monuments artwork

 With over 20 million Beetles built since the 1940's, there has also been a fair share of chopped up and mutilated Beetles. Some Beetles get treated to chopped tops, a modification that was popular in the 1970's, but is still comon today. Some busses get unusual paint jobs, or become the tool of some wacko's imagination, while others are produced to be different than most busses. 

    One thing is clear. Volkswagens go beyond their stock forms almost always today. In some cases, they radically depart from their original states. In these pages, you can see almost all of the pictures I have of "unusual Volkswagens." Almost all of them are real enough that they can and are driven, some others are just built to look strange, but aren't ever used, and some are just examples of what can be done with modern photo editing programs.  

New Beetle limousine

This is just an example of what some people do to their cars. There are several Volkswagen Beetle limousines in existence (as of today, there aren't any New Beetle Limousines yet), there is at least one Microbus limousine, and, well, you can see for yourself what some people already want to do.

Vintage Volkswagen firetruck

What is there to say about this one? If you are already a Volkswagen fan (not literally, what are you thinking people?), then you've probably already heard about one of these. This one has been restored completely, and still drives. It is based in Europe, and at the time of this photograph, was letting adventurous people climb to the top of the rickety ladder. Needless to say, it isn't a Mack truck like most Americans are used to. Also, how appropriate that this firetruck can use all the water onboard to fight fires (not something a regular firetruck can do), since it is aircooled.

Beetle with lights all over itself
I have no idea how old this one is, but by looking at the car, it isn't super old. The lights onboard are a nice touch, perhaps this one was intended for use in Nevada, as a mobile lighted casino on the strip. Who knows! I guess the stereo is out on this one, since all the juice the generator can provide is going to those lights.

Plant covered swamp Beetle
This is what happens when you spill grass seed all over your Beetle after running it through the mud in springtime. Sooner than you can say where's my herbicide, the grass is there. Good luck finding a mower to keep this one trimmed. This is one of the coolest Beetle pictures I've seen in a long time. Ch-Ch-Ch-ChiaBeetle!

1/2 Beetle
This is a good example of what happens when you are sitting in your garage, with a beer and a blow-torch in hand, and are pondering the ways to increase your gas mileage. This is a real car, and it is being serviced at a mechanic's shop somewhere in Austria. I have heard about short Beetles like this in Mexico too.

Railroad Beetle
This is a real Beetle used in Canada to transport crews to small hydroelectric plants in remote areas. Since large crews and heavy equipment aren't necessary in each case, this company developed a railroad version of the Beetle. It looks like an easy conversion: just remember not to steer. I wonder what moose up there think of this when it is coming towards them on the tracks...

Floating Beetle
Several people have tried to float/boat their ways across large bodies of water with their Beetles. This can be done, since the Beetle is a well built car, and has excellent seals. The car in this picture had special double seals on everything, and special custom seals on cables and shafts that normally weren't water tight. This guy really has this Beetle floored in the English Channel...