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EXTERIOR ACCESSORIES...

As I explained a while back in the first part of this section, cool inspired customs Volkswagon can be very tasteful... only if all the modifications that are made are reversible and doesn't alter the original bodywork of the mighty VW...

And this explain why exterior accessories are so important... In no particular order, we can say that Buggy type T-bars are a must, as are any fiberglass appendice (see right column for more about fiberglass) that can enhance the look of the car and make it YOUR bug!


























Above picture from the early Bug-in era by Bob HOFFELD shows perfectly what is involved in the Custom Look as far as exterior is concerned... Big wheels, fiberglass parts, big T-bars, cool metalflake paint...
























Another picture from Bob HOFFELD. A truly inspiring custom bug... A car to copy ASAP... except for the ugly rear T-bars of course... The paintsheme works great... Letterings on the quarter windows scoops sur add to that look 'Keep on buggin...', 'Volkschancelor VW club'... I especially like the Cragar rims usually seen on US muscle cars or sometimes on dune buggies.



























Same era, same Bug-in... Note the subtle flames and the big front hood scoop... T-bars looks a little too big on this one, as looks the giant antenna...























I was wondering if I had to show the picture of this ugly bug... But I finally decided I had to... First because it's a Bug-in picture by Mark SCHMIDT. Second, because of the quarter window scoops that are never seen today... Well, I admit they look a little out of place on a bug, but if you want to be different... Please don't copy the airbrush paint...






















Another very interesting picture by Ed RADLAUER from a very very early Bug-in... This bug is prepared for that Custom Look... I love those ugly rear decklid... Note that the rear wings have been redesigned...




This all out Custom is interesting for the general feeling, but please do not copy it... Only in the 70's... This said, I like the way the back looks with its iriscent green paintjob... Love the shape of those rear wings... I found some for my future gasser project... Looks the same...






































Another way to customize the back of your beetle... This picture appeared in an early IECO catalog which stored many accessories for the VW...

























Above is the perfect example for me... Pinstriping, cool paintjob, fiberglass everywhere, chromed taillights, name your car and you're the hero...





















Very very interesting picture provided by Georg OTTO as this bug might be considered as a mild custom... But it shows what can be considered as an unusual accessory : the back windows stickers that were quite useful while kissing your girlfriend at the back of your bug... Note the rarest of the rare Big Wheels rims that looks right at home on this bug... Where are mine... ;)






















Another Bug-in picture provided by Georg OTTO. Note the fiberglass front fenders and the ultra cool EMPI scooped front hood...

Now, I just hope this section gave you some ideas as far as your upcomings projects are concerned, especially on post 70 bugs... Don't forget that the sky is your limit here... Inspiration, good taste and you're on...



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BEETLES UNDER 'GLASS

Without any doubt, the question of weight deserves some serious consideration as far as success fiberglass parts was concerned in the 70'S... As many other trends, inspiration came from the tracks... or at least as far as fenders, decklid, rear scoops and front hood are concerned...

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Cool shot of an all scooped front hood...

Fiberglass flared fenders were a very popular add-on, as they were very easy bolt-ons accessories that could enhance the general appearance of the bug.

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I love that front hood style...

On that popular list were also front and rear deck lids. For the front, the sky was the limit with plain, scooped, or fitted with instruments pods...

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A very ugly decklid... The ugliest the better...

The rear saw also a large choice for the enthusiast with scooped hole to help cool down that hot engine in the back...

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Another angle...

The ultimate fiberglass parts were the doors as weight saving was substantial, as they do not carrystock window glass, but plexiglas instead... EMPI was one of the only two offering those pricey doors...

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Side scoops were and ARE in...

Sure, this explain why they are non existent today... Such doors were used on the Inch Pincher.


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Scoops from my personal collection.

Side scoops came in all shapes. EMPI made them functional to add more air in the engine bay...