Vintage! The VW Beetle | drive it

It sounds a bit strange for a popular family car like the Volkswagen Beetle to be outfitted with a roll bar, bucket seats and a racing harness. But the first souped-up VW Bugs hit the roads in Germany as early as 1951.Drive it! got a chance to take a specially-tuned, vintage rallye Beetle out for a spin - and discovered that roll bars, bucket seats and racing seat belts are more than welcome in a Bug that can do 170 km/h.

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Vintage! The VW Beetle | Drive it!
Marcus Diamand turned his old 1200 VW Beetle from the 1967 to 1973 period into a "Sport Bug". Its 1.8-liter engine yields 90 horsepower give it a top speed of 180 kilometers an hour. The other modifications are inconspicuous: slightly wider wheels and a lower chassis. That's all for the fleet sportster in orange. More drive it: http://www.dw.de/program/drive-it/s-9690-9798





Classic Recollections: 1975 Volkswagen Beetle
Join Fernando Martinez as he shows off his fully restored 1975 VW Beetle. For more info: ClassicRecollections.com Produced by: Prestige MotorCar Photography





This 1953 Volkswagen Beetle Is Simply Air-Cooled Art
“It will break down some days. I don’t want to worry about that,” says Manuel Campa. You’re looking at a 1953 Volkswagen Beetle, a mass-produced marvel that is now quite the rare car, and it’s used by Campa as a daily driver. “I want to pick up my wife with it, I want to drive in the weekends with it, and have fun and enjoy. It’s a car to have fun with,” he says. "It might be silly for some people," says Campa, “but it’s a dream come true for me and I’m super happy with the car.” A dream come true? Campa is a painter by trade, who honors classic cars, motorcycles, and bicycles on canvas. “For me, my passions are my cars, my toys, my brushes, my canvas, my studio,” he says, “and that’s where I spend most of my days.” “The thing that not many people see is that you have to work very hard in your studio to make this happen…your painting is going to hang in someone’s house,” Campa says. After a long, difficult process, he says of his creations: “Finally, sometimes it’s worth having your signature.” Drive Tastefully® http://Petrolicious.com http://facebook.com/Petrolicious




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