• Cool ‘Cal Look’ custom Beetle
• Desirable sliding-sunroof body style
• Striking Guards Red paint and custom interior
• Polished EMPI wheels and billet goodies
• Former VW Trends feature car
Air-cooled, horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine, dual-port cylinder heads, twin Solex downdraft carburetors, four-speed synchromesh manual transmission, independent front suspension with kingpins, transverse torsion bars and upper/lower trailing arms, swing-axle rear suspension with trailing arms and torsion bar, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 94.5"
Designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930s and officially known as the Type 1 Sedan, Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle evolved from Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s prewar KdF-Wagen and was constructed largely unchanged for nearly 50 years. Much like Ford’s Model T, the Beetle was truly an affordable “People’s Car.” Mass production, worldwide exportation, and an unmistakable design made the tiny VW “Käfer” (Beetle) an instant pop-culture icon.
In many ways, the seven years of VW history from 1958 to 1964 were perhaps the company’s greatest. The conquest of the American market, a trendsetting multimedia advertising campaign by Doyle, Dane, Bernbach, and the remarkable development of a worldwide distribution chain, all contributed to the Beetle’s surging popularity. It was also during this period that the Beetle gained widespread acceptance in the United States with a model that was much more practical than its predecessors. Motor Trend stated it was a “…a car that breaks sharply with tradition, and does so with undeniable competence.” The Beetle also lent itself extremely well to custom trends over the following decades, especially the “Cal Look,” established in the early ‘70s and continuing today with this very well-customized example from 1963.
Featuring a sliding fabric sunroof, this eye-catching Guards Red custom 1963 Volkswagen Beetle is a true standout with a bit more power than stock. It is a former magazine feature car, including coverage in VW Trends, and has been shown at numerous Volkswagen events ever since it was completed. Inside, the Beetle features an eye catching custom interior trimmed in tan leather and tweed upholstery and complemented with billet window cranks and door handles, white-faced VDO gauges, and a sweet aftermarket stereo system built into the right side of the dash. On the outside, the hand-machined billet bumpers and running boards set off an outstanding paint job, finished off with tastefully cool 15-inch polished EMPI wheels for a great stance. The air-cooled engine has been fortified with dual-port heads, a pair of Solex downdraft carburetors, and a custom exhaust system. It’s a blast to drive, looks great and, with the rare folding canvas sunroof, it offers the new owner the fun of open-air motoring as desired. This example has been regularly exercised and carefully stored in a climate controlled facility, both since it was completed in 2005, and ever since Bobby Monical acquired it, and it is understood to run and drive very well.
1963 Volkswagen Beetle Custom Street Rod
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