Wishing everyone a fantastic 2012. Perhaps it may be a year when the trend is raising VWs back to stock height? Here’s hoping!
I’m looking forward to another year of VW photography. This photo seems to sort-of fit the new year celebrations theme. It was taken on my 4MP Canon Powershot G2 at the Karmann Konnection barbeque back in 2004.
Wolfsbürg West is probably the ultimate source for Volkswagen Beetle and Bus restoration parts. Their comprehensive inventory exceeds 5000 parts, making them the largest “stock” Volkswagen parts dealer in the world.
Wolfsbürg West only carry parts for the Beetle and Bus. They are a direct importer of original parts from all over the world. Germany, Brazil and Mexico are all countries that they import from extensively. They are not only an importer, they’re also a producer and manufacturer of their own line of quality reproduction parts for the VW. Their focus is strictly on originality and therefore, they do not carry high performance parts or accessories that were not available for the period.
Richard writes “I’ve always fancied a British-supplied RHD Oval Cabrio. Trouble is, there are only 7 or 8 survivors on their original floorpans. I nearly bought one of them back in 2002 (a ’55 Iris Blue model), but it needed heaps of work. I also contemplated buying the car Martin Fenner owns now, but that needed even more work.
Anyhow, my dream came true when I became the forth owner of this Sepia Silver ’57 model. This car has been off the road since 1977 and only has 55,000 miles on the clock. It was originally supplied by VFM Motors in Crowborough, Sussex (it’s a local car, and I love that!). The first owner kept the car for four years and part-exchanged it at a garage in Hove, Sussex. The new lady owner gave up driving in 1977 and the car was laid up until it sold to it’s third owner in 1985. I’m the next owner.
The outer hood was replaced in 1986 as the original was shot. The car also received a respray at this time. There’s no way the original metallic paint would have lasted all these years in good shape. The engine (original) was fully rebuilt in 1985 and never installed!! It’s very nice. Unfortunately, the front two door cards are missing- they went up in flames in 1986 when removed from the car. The rears are there. I need to try and match the cabrio-material and get some made. All the accessories on it are original to the car (it was ordered with US-spec bumpers). It apparently didn’t have gravel guards. The firewall card should be the smooth one, not ribbed thankfully!”
Photos by Richard Oakley
Multi Award winning ride pimpers, specialising in VW Paint and Modification and restoration. Too many awards to mention, including Volksworld Best of show, Best paint and numerous top 20 cars!!!!! Its all in the detail and detail is what we do. 😉
Based in Truro, Cornwall, he caters for anything from a simple service to a full restoration of Bugs, Buses, Porsche and even coachbuilts in his fully equipped workshop. Need an oil change or a full rebuild for your air-cooled VW? No problem!
PanelKraft, based in Arlesey near Letchworth, were established in 1998 and have vast experience in the restoration of Volkswagen Beetles along with Type 3s, Type 25s, VW Split Screen Vans, Bay Window Campers and Karmann Ghias. They also service Watercooled VW’s, Hotrods and Porsches. Ask for Hayden!