Painting a VW Bug

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

There is no more iconic vehicle on the planet that the original air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle and while they have attempted to capture lighting in a bottle with the New Beetle (1997–2011) a car I actually owned and like many latter day VWs, mine was beset with unending quality control issues. VW tried again with the Beetle (2012- ) and it’s a much better car then the New Beetle. So much so that I purchases a 2016 Beetle convertible to replace her money pit Mercedes-Benz SLK 350. You can read all about it here.

Unlike these nouveau Beetles, the original air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle is beloved across all age and demographic spectrums like no other car in the world. At a car show last year I talked with some really young Beetle enthusiasts about why they loved their cars so much. The same reasons came up again and again and that was that Beetles were cheap to buy, easy to repair, and fun to drive.

In it’s day the Beetle was the anti-car especially next to the large chrome bumpered cars of the 1950’s and amazingly enough it is also the anti-car of the new millennium as it stakes it claims amongst cars that look so much alike that Toyota has take extreme (and ugly some might say) measures in designing the front fascias of it’s and their Lexus automobiles.

Yet the original VW Beetle takes us to our “safe spaces” where life is simple and you can paint the car with bright colors and “wear some flowers in your hair…