1966 Volkswagen Beetle resto-mod, and while nothing was altered during the restoration, the look of the early cars have a subtly customized look relative to the later Beetles most of us are used to seeing. The headlights look larger and lower in the fenders, the parking and taillights are smaller, and the simple single-bar front bumper is almost too cool to be stock. But all of it is just how it was built more than fifty years ago. OF course, a few custom mods like the chrome running boards and modern side mirrors give it the kind of look that landed it in a magazine spread, and the overall level of finish would be just as impressive on a car costing three times as much.
This Bug looks great inside, too, with brilliant white upholstery and all of the simple charm intact. Dig the low-back seats which are originals; the exposed tube seat frames have been painted black.
New reproduction door panels with built-in map pockets are nicely finished and original style carpets keep it familiarly comfortable. The instrument panel was painted to match the body and it actually works quite well inside with the mixed black accessory gauges and original chrome trim.. Original instrumentation includes a round speedo and a separate fuel gauge with chrome bezels, and the original VW steering wheel. There is also a modern AM/FM/CD Pioneer stereo complimented by rear shelf speakers. The DEH-X6500BT CD receiver features Pioneer's MIXTRAX™ technology, built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, Pandora® radio ready for iPhone®, and direct control of an iPod®/iPhone® via USB.
Other than minor changes, it remains pretty stock inside. The front luggage compartment is unfinished, leaving some detail work for the new owner.
The 1600 cc air-cooled flat-four remains one of the most reliable machines ever devised by man. Its
distinctive sound created by a tuned exhaust with 1-1/2" tubing and peppy attitude make it a crowd favorite, and in this lightweight early Bug, stock performance is energetic. You know the show-quality looks continue to the engine bay, where a lot of normal engine colored pieces, polished aluminum air cleaner, makes for a clean bay. There is nothing radical going on, but VW experts will see a few common and sensible mods to enhance the experience. It still drives through the original 4-speed manual transmission, whose shift action is quickly mastered by the enthusiast. Its extremely clean underneath, not quite as detailed as the rest of the car, but that also means you won't be afraid to drive it. There might be a slight lowering job here, its hard to say, and the polished VW-style Torque Thrust wheels are a great addition and they wear new staggered sized Yokohama radials.