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Øystein Asphjell at Norwegian Hammerworks got the wild idea to build a unique coupe from a VW Beetle. But don’t call it customizing, it’s coach-building.


From an article in the Norwegian magazine “Motor Veteran” No 8, 2009
Photos: Ronnie Krabberød

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The Bugster


Take one Beetle bodyshell…

…mount it to a Boxster chassis…

…and you get a Bugster! Brilliantly simple, right?

Well, no, hideously complicated. But well worth it. 270bhp of mid-engined tomfoolery in a classic shape, liberally smothered in a controversial shade of Lamborghini grey. Click here for the full gallery.

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There was a day when a camper like this was enough for a family of four. Most of those families took their campers out of the photo studio and onto the road of course – Ted 😉

Image found at FarbrorSid – One of my favourite blogs. The text is in Swedish, but there are enough images to look at. Cars and babes, the lot.

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The 1954 Escher VWPorsche Kleinbahn Prototyp in the Prototyp in Hamburg. These little trains were built from 1954 to 1971 and were used in parks and botanical gardens. It pulled 3 cars which had space for 90 passengers. Its not a accident that the design of the locomotive looks like a cross between the legendary TEE train and the Porsche 356. This locomotive was powered by a VW industrial engine and was the prototype of the VW-Porsche trains.

Text and image found at “The idiots have won the war

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Who need a Humvee when you got an old Volkswagen buss – Ted
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New Toaster Anyone


When I’m in the marked for a new toaster I know what I want – Ted
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The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a 2+2 coupe and convertible marketed from 1955 to 1974 by Volkswagen – combining the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle), styling by Luigi Segre of the Italian carrozzeria Ghia, and hand-built bodywork by German coach-builder Karmann.

The Karmann Ghia was internally designated the Type 14. Volkswagen later introduced a variant in 1961, the Type 34 – featuring angular bodywork and based on the newly introduced Type 3 platform.

Production doubled soon after its introduction, becoming the car most-imported into the U.S. American industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague selected the Type 14 for his list of the world’s most beautifully designed products.

Over 445,000 Karmann Ghias were produced in Germany over the car’s production life – not including the Type 34 variant. Karmann Brazil produced 41,600 cars locally for South America between 1962 and 1975.

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The Type 14 debuted at the October 1953 Paris Auto Show as a styling concept created for Ghia by Luigi Segre.

In the early 1950s, Volkswagen was producing its economy car, the Type 1 (Beetle). With an increase in post-war standards of living, executives at Volkswagen proposed adding a halo car to its model range, contracting with German coachbuilder Karmann for its manufacture. Karmann in turn contracted the Italian firm Ghia, who adapted styling themes previously explored for Chrysler and Studebaker to a Beetle floorpan widened by 12 in (300 mm).

In contrast to the Beetle’s machine welded-body with bolt-on fenders, the Karmann Ghia’s body panels were butt-welded, hand-shaped and smoothed with English pewter in a time-consuming process commensurate with higher-end manufacturers – and resulting in the Karmann Ghia’s higher price.

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The design and prototype were well-received by Volkswagen executives, and in August 1955 the first Type 14 was manufactured in Osnabrück, Germany. Public reaction to the Type 14 exceeded expectations, with over 10,000 sold in the first year.

The Type 14 was marketed as a practical and stylish 2+2 rather than as a true sports car. As they shared engines, the Type 14’s engine displacement grew concurrently with the Type 1 (Beetle), ultimately arriving at a displacement of 1584 cc, producing 60 hp (45 kW).

In August 1957, Volkswagen introduced a convertible version of the Karmann Ghia. Exterior changes in 1961 included wider and finned front grilles, taller and more rounded rear taillights and headlights relocated to a higher position – with previous models and their lower headlight placement called lowlights. The Italian designer Sergio Sartorelli, designer of Type 34, oversaw the various restylings of Type 14.

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The 1967 Type 14 Karmann Ghia convertible gained notoriety on American television as being the car driven by CONTROL Agent 86 Maxwell Smart in the opening credits of the third and fourth seasons of Get Smart. Like the Sunbeam Tiger before it, (which remained the car driven by Smart in the episodes themseleves), the character would be seen in the opening credits screeching to a halt outside of his headquarters. The Karmann Ghia was replaced in the final season credits of the show however, by the Opel GT. In the 2008 film of the same name, a Karmann Ghia once again made an appearance driven by Smart, along with its two sister cars, though the car in the film was a model from 1970. The Karmann Ghia is also the subject of a secret pass phrase in the 2011 movie Cars 2.

In 1970, larger taillights integrated the reversing lights and larger wrap-around turn signals. Still larger and wider taillights increased side visibility and at the same time large square-section bumpers replaced the smooth round originals. For the USA model only, 1973 modifications mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) included energy-absorbing bumpers. A carpeted package shelf replaced the rear seat.

In late 1974 the car was superseded by the Golf ("Rabbit" in USA)-based Volkswagen Scirocco.

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VW Camper


I want one, I want one, I WANT ONE – Ted

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Combine the iconic Mexican culture expressions of the psychedelic Huichol and a Volkswagen Beetle or El Vocho as Mexicans have nicknamed it—and you get El Vochol, a beaded VW bug. This dynamic manifestation of indigenous folk art is being used to promote the artisan heritage of the indigenous Mexican communities to an international audience.

El Vochol was first commissioned by the Association of Friends of Museo of Arte Popular in Mexico City to elevate the work of traditional artisans in the public sphere both nationally and internationally. The project took on a greater message to the world: indigenous work is not to be forgotten, and in fact, celebrated. Sonya Santos of the Museo says, “People all over the world are responding in a fabulous way….They are all surprised by the magnificent work.”

Text, image and video found at “Curated

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VW Camper Tent


Will you look at that! Just the thing if your in the marked for a classic VW camper and have a hard time finding one. This would certainly be the next best thing – Ted

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A nice idea from Mechanix Illustrated found at Foghorns

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Rometsch Karrosserie in Berlin was much more than just the VW-based cars designed by Johannes Beeskow. Before the war, Rometsch built wonderful and expensive cars on a variety of chassis and drivetrains and sold them to some selcted wealthy Germans. In paralell with the VW Beeskow-model, Rometsch designed and built a Volkswagen Type 1 taxi with 3 doors. A stretched Beetle that sold to taxi operators in Germany.

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Small notice in the Norwegian weekly magazine "Illustrert"  – No. 44 1960.

A car firm in Sweden has customised a VolksWagen by mounting a propeller to the motor and making the car watertight.

the first test runs was very promising and this proves to show that we soon may go both by water, land and air in the same vehicle.

As these "VolksBoats" have been scarce on the ground or rather on the water in our rivers, lakes and other waterways since 1960, we can safely assume  that this was another fiasco.

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The International car show in  Berlin, 1939. The Kraft Durch Freude Wagen

The “VW Automobila Archives” provides a really impressive  collection of VolksWagen images and scanned brochure material that would bring tears
to the eyes of any VW enthusiast.


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Which magicly turned into the VolksWagen after WWII
Starting in 1933, KdF provided affordable leisure activities such as concerts, plays, libraries, day trips and holidays. Large ships, such as the Wilhelm Gustloff, were built specifically for KdF cruises. Borrowing from the Italian fascist organization Dopolavoro (After Work), but extending its influence into the workplace as well, KdF rapidly developed a wide range of activities, and quickly grew into one of Nazi Germany’s largest organizations. The official  statistics showed that in 1934, 2.3 million people took KdF holidays. By 1938, this figure rose to 10.3 million. By 1939, it had over 7,000 paid employees and 135,000 voluntary workers, organized into divisions covering such areas as sport, education, and tourism, with wardens in every factory and workshop employing more than 20 people.

0139_kdfThe National Socialists sought to attract tourists from abroad, a task performed by Hermann Esser, one of the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda’s secretaries. A series of multilingual and colorful brochures, titled "Deutschland", advertised Germany as a peaceful, idyllic, and progressive country, on one occasion even portraying the ministry’s boss, Joseph Goebbels, grinning and hamming in an unlikely photo series of the Cologne carnival.

KdF set up production of an affordable car, the Kdf-Wagen, which later became the Volkswagen Beetle. Buyers of the car made payments and posted stamps in a stamp-savings book, which when full, would be redeemed for the car. Due to the shift to wartime production, no consumer ever received a Kdf-Wagen (although after the war, Volkswagen did give some customers a 200DM discount for their stamp-books). The Beetle factory was primarily converted to produce the Kübelwagen (the German equivalent of the Jeep). What few Beetles were produced went primarily to the diplomatic corps and military officials. KdF was awarded the 1939 Olympic Cup by the International Olympic Committee.


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Classic VW Ads

The different advertising agencies around the world that worked with VolksWagen made advertising history at times. Here is one great one
And here are 10 more


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