Hoonage Classics – Modified 1973 VW Beetle 1303

The last Beetle I featured was a worn-but-absolutely-stock orange one. This time, it’s time to show this bright red Beetle that shows what hoonists did to them around here back in the day; ditch the bumpers, mean up the looks and fit some extremely period-correct ’70s-’80s modifications – including a glassfibre ducktail. Yes-sir’ee, this one has got it all going on.

Let’s go straight for the gold. The tail is a prominent feature on this Beetle, and together with the slatted rear screen and chrome Mangels wheels it makes this a downtown grill-to-grill blaster classic. There’s a snaking exhaust that’s had some less-than-stellar welding to it, but it’s the sole worm in this red, red apple of a VW.

Brake drums are painted red behind the Mangels, that have had their chrome pit a bit.

Inside, there’s a rally wheel and a rather large rev counter. But what catch my eye are the skull-shaped shifter and door lock buttons. Jack the car at your peril.

So, on a street populated by Saabs and Volvos, this Beetle is probably the kind of car in which those Saab and Volvo people spent their golden days of youth, with hair slicked back and mustard and ketchup on their leather jacket lapels.


[Images: Copyright 2012 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]

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