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It’s hard to imagine the automotive scene without the Volkswagen Beetle. Originally introduced back in 1938 to serve as ‘The People’s Car’ the trusty Bug has been through just about everything, from crazy airbrushed showcars to spaceframed 2500bhp dragsters. It’s even been bolted within a Nissan Skyline GT-R shell for the film 2 Fast 2 Furious!
But while the name and basic bodystyle has always remained the same (not to mention those unique headlights) it’s easy to forget just how far the Beetle has come in its 70+ years of service. That is until you put two opposing generations side by side…
During a recent VW meet over at Ken’s Diner in Northamptonshire, we spotted a super-clean 1954 Oval-window Beetle across the car park which we just had to get some snaps of!
When we say super-clean, we actually mean immaculate – owner Mark bought the RHD Bug nearly five years ago after it’d received a full bare shell, nut and bolt rebuilt leaving it rust, dent and dust free. Since then Mark’s continued to improve it by installing a full air suspension setup, tan leather interior and chrome Fuchs wheels.
With the two cars parked side by side it’s pretty crazy to see just how big the New Beetle is in comparison to its older brother. ‘I’m not usually a fan of the modern Beetles, but that really works on the Airlift suspension and colour-coded Rotiform wheels’ Mark told us. ‘The bumpers make the whole body look lower and roof chopped; they’ve done a good job retaining the original style from it.’
We’re always keen to hear everyone’s take on the Kenwood Beetle, and we can’t wait to continue showcasing it throughout the country in 2013. A big thanks to Ken’s Diner for hosting the meet and Mark for letting us take some snaps of his awesome ’54 Oval for the blog.