We all know the story about the birth of hot rodding. A bunch of guys with old cars making them fast and cool with in their garages at home. They chose the cars they did because they were plentiful, easy to build and cheap. I would love pony up a couple of hundred dollars on something from the 30’s and make a low, tough, rat, matt black rod to be my daily driver. But the big problem is that doesn’t happen to often these days. Lets face it no one is dumb enough to let a 32 five window to remain rotting in the back shed, and if they were they would never be stupid enough to let it go for a few hundred dollars. 80 years has left the cars that I love thin on the ground and the supply and demand graph means less is more. Less cars means more money. Now as I don’t want a fibreglass replicant, I’m not really handy enough to take a bunch of old parts from random old trucks and make a cool car like the guys I really admire (as much as I wish I was). But there is an option…
Beetles were the first cars I ever really drew modified versions of. In the early 80’s I was chopping, lowering, adding flames, converting them to flat bed utes and whatever else I could wrap my mind around at the time. Now 20 something years later I’m interested in them again, especially in the classic hot rod inspired chopped lowered rat style.
The Type ones inherent simplicity makes it an ideal place to start. Easy to pull apart, easy to get parts for, easy to modify and easy to put back together. And no one is going to lose their mind if you drive a hot axe into the a-pillar. No wonder the VW scene is so big.