The parts have been unearthed in a warehouse near Asuncion, Paraguay’s capital city. Diesa SA, the local VW importers, were founded in 1953. Due to nine-month shipping times from Germany and predicted VW sales figures they decided to stock pile spare parts for all the Volkswagens sold in Paraguay. As Volkswagens proved to be very reliable cars there wasn’t as much demand for spares as had been initially envisaged so the 3500 square-foot warehouse has remained full ever since!
The parts haul includes some rare early Beetle spares including gearboxes, crankshaft bearings, steering parts and front axles. Some of the parts have already been returned to Germany where they are recorded, tested and made available for sale through vw-classic parts.
Photos by Stefan Warter
BBT Limited, managed by Arlette van Dijck and Bob van Heyst, has a team of more than 20 enthusiasts – each with their own speciality. With a range of products dedicated to rear wheel drive air cooled Volkswagens and Transporters, BBT is one of the biggest companies in the world in the Vintage VW parts business.
With more than 300 suppliers and many more customers from Tokyo to Los Angeles, BBT delivers with their expanded network throughout the world. By visiting customers and suppliers and by attending meetings around the world, the company’s philosophy and passion stays true: to help the Volkswagen fans and/or users to find the desired parts in the quickest way and at the best price.
It’s always nice to see your photographs published in some way so when my good friend Barclay Stainton of Status VW Parts asked me to design new covers for his parts catalogues, I jumped at the chance.
So far there are two featuring my photos from The Vintage Volkswagen show in Hessisch Oldendorf and there’s a third one coming soon for performance parts.
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.
One of the most frequently asked questions on UK vintage VW forums is “Which style of number plate is correct for my Volkswagen and, where can I get some from?”
Well, I can highly recommend the two companies below as I’ve had dealings with both. They are both very helpfull, reasonably priced and offer a great service.
They can supply virtually all types of road legal UK plates and also fun plates for export. They can supply hand painted number plates, cast aluminium number plates, pressed aluminium number plates, raised riveted white or silver digit number plates, cast polished aluminium Ace digit number plates, pressed reflective aluminium number plates, raised riveted black digit reflective aluminium number plates etc. etc…
Tippers Vintage Plates
Established in 1932, Tippers has unrivalled experience in the manufacture of all types of Licence Plates. They are an actual manufacturer, supplying both the Trade and their private customers throughout the world.
Their website shows exapmles of their range, but if you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact them to discuss your requirements, as they can cater for special sizes and have a large collection of templates.
Their goal is to be able to offer their customers the widest range of parts for vintage VWs, a goal they have been following since they opened their doors in 2002. Since then, they have been adding several parts to their catalogue every month to become today the number one reference company when it comes to high quality parts for Split and Oval Window Beetles.
Their inventory consists not only of carefully selected original parts but also of high quality reproductions which are only offered and manufactured by Kaefer Nostalgie.
There was still a huge queue winding it’s way around the building so I parked up, met up with Jay from Wales, emptied my boot of wing and wheel which he’d bought from me and took a wander around the car park, camera at at the ready.
It was a bright, sunny day which must have tempted many to bring out their VWs for the swap meet. Plenty of lowered vehicles as usual and the normal hand full of stock VWs. I think I found them all but sorry if I missed anyone! I was fortunate to be able to talk to Avtar, the owner of a loverly unrestored ’56 Horizon Blue Swedish Oval, more to follow on that one…
I then ventured inside for a couple of laps of the stalls. It never seems to be a busy as it used to be. Perhaps it’s the recession or, maybe it’s due to everyone trading parts on the internet? Still, I always look forward to heading to Slough to catch up with everyone and search out any bargains, few and far between this year. I guess I should have joined the queue instead of taking photos in the car park!