What about a 1979 Volkswagen 4-door 1303S? What if a couple of VW engineers decided to build the Ultimate Super Beetle. Based on the Rommetsch Taxi of the early 50s, this 80s interpretation is bigger, faster, and safer. Taking a box-stock Euro-spec 1303S, they custom engineered the four doors exclusively using original parts. They intentionally updated the engine to add more muscle for the extra weight. Unfortunately, the time was nearly over for factory air-cooled cars, so the idea was never considered.

The story might not be true but you can start on your own SuperSally with a sad and neglected Volkswagen 1303. While still plentiful, the recent interest in them have been driving up prices on solid examples. The four-door conversion itself takes careful planning but only require another set of doors and a skilled bodyman.

Pearl white SuperSally is roomy and comfortable. 17' front and 19" BRM rear and Michelin radials provide extreme grip and traction with a little sacrifice in ride comfort. But the rebuilt McPherson front end with Koni shocks and Porsche disc brakes handles the bumps and jumps brilliantly. Reworked rear torsion leaves, Porsche 944 control arms, Porsche disc brakes and Koni shocks lower the rear end.

The recovered Recaros replace the original VW seats. Matching cappuccino custom door panels follow the original VW style. Everything else, even the steering wheel , gauges and switches are original VW.

A 1915cc Type 1 motor, discrete dual quiet packs with CB-Performance fuel injection provide SuperSally sass. Ride Sally ride, ride Sally ride. . .

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Volkswagen Concept: Hebmeuller Superbe

Throw away the book. Guaranteed to turn heads is this Heb-style Super Beetle. A look at what could have been if Hebmeuller Coachcraft survived the war and continued to produce it's 2-seat Convertible into the Super Beetle era.

Most assuredly, Hebmeuller would be at the forefront of VW advancements. As the VW Convertible evolved into the 1303 model, Hebmeuller also followed suit.

The Hebmeuller Superbé is a Volkswagen Concept based on a late model 1303S Convertible. The Superbé features the distinctive curved 03 windshield, the re-engineered VW top, and at the rear, the smoothened hood that echoes the sexy Heb shape.

Giving Superbé the visual jolt is the bright tangerine sides with the straight black body. Bilstein adjustable coilovers replace tired VW McPherson struts and the Brembo brake upgrades are decades more advanced. Polished Porsche 18-inch Cup Wheels with Fulda rubber fill-in the reworked and widened fiberglass fenders quite nicely. Porsche 944 Turbo trailing Arms with Bilstein adjustable shocks and same Brembo brake upgrades round out the rear. A blueprinted 3.0 liter Type4 engine, mated to a rare Gene Berg 5-speed gearbox pushes Superbé flat out at the 'Bahn.

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MLTigger

Bring back the rabbit pickup!!!

 

Honda came out with the Ridgeline and it isn't a true pickup

So maybe it's time for VW to make it again!!!

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NYer_in_MI

I'd like them to bring back the "rag top" sun roof on the Newbee!  Also, a new version of "The Thing"!  As nice as the Toureg is, I think the direction VW should have taken, SUV-wise, should have been with another Jeep-like vehicle.  Look at how well the new Jeep Liberty, etc, is doing!  Of course, the classic Jeep off-road-vehicle is still very popular as well.  A Volkswagen version of this sort of car would be v. v. coooool!

 

When I was a kid in the Seventies, I always thrilled to see a "Thing" (or "Saffari") puttering around.  It was different.  This, then, was the appeal of most all the VW line, for me.  You could tell a Volkswagen, of any model, from hundreds of feet down the road!  I once stayed with an uncle of mine, with my sister, in Virginia, to visit family over the summer.  On the way back home, we decided to count how many Volkswagens we saw.  All told, counting every model that existed then, we counted over 80... just between Virginia and New York.

Daniel Mosher
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I've been a VW nut for the longest time and I've been drawing cars (mostly bugs). I've only started posting my work last year. I've been interested in all styles for Vdubs like the German Look, Cal Look, baja, Volksrods, etc. I enjoy coming up with unique interpretations of familiar VW models

I wish I had the time and money to make some of these 'concepts' a reality but at the moment I only have my beloved Ghia around.

See my blog for a LOT more VW Concepts in my blog. There are interesting Thing Concepts including "Thang", a Thing Volksrod. See them here http://www.volkspinoy.i.ph
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Volkswagen Concept: Vermouth

Another beach cruiser, this Volkswagen Concept is based on a Type 3 Volkswagen Squareback. Vermouth is Germanic for "worm wood" which provides an interesting theme for this VW.

After straightening out the body, pearl white paint with hot pink metallic flakes added for effect was expertly applied. The side panels were fitted and framed with dark redwood providing terrific contrast to the white body.

Power comes from an 1835, dual Weber 40-fed, motor that offer outstanding performance. Dual quiet packs mellow down the sounds to environmentally correct levels. Michelin radials and 17 inch Flat Four rims are fitted expertly. Porsche trailing arms and brake upgrades allow massive brake upgrades. A custom tuned T3 beam with Koni adjustable shocks, front trailing arms and dropped spindles firm up the front end.

The interior is covered in Cappucchino and Coffee leatherette and brown German weave carpeting.
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MLTigger

I think Volkswagen should bring back the flat four

Subaru uses it and Porsche uses it, why not VW

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staticattic

I hear you about bringing back the Thing. I would like to see new ones of those back on the road myself. Too bad Chevy stole the idea to make the Hummers. There are "Hum-Bug" kit cars available that are kind of cool. They just prove my point, the Hummer is nothing more than a big version of a Thing...

 

Jeff
72 Super Beetle
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Volkswagen Concept: Hebmeuller Superbe

Here's another Interpretation. This time in electric blue with an open top and with Porsche Fuch wheels.

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68autobug

 

Here is a drawing of a New beetle panel van....

 

whereas the 4 door notchback was a reality in Brazil..

 

the type 3 panel van was made in Australia since 1965

although very rare these days...

also made in South Africa and maybe Brazil..

 

Lee -- 68AutoBug -- Australia --

 

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Volkswagen Concept: The Super Beetles, Part 1

Here are some VW Concepts that combine air-cooled Volkswagen Super Beetles (1302 and 1303 models) and my interpretation of "phantom" models that VW never produced but could have.



FatBoy

This particular FatBoy is based on one of the last Euro-spec 74 1303 Volkswagen Convertibles. Tattered and torn, the top remained just a shell with frozen rails and missing or broken pieces. He ran on 3 cylinders and 2 gears. Thoroughly disassembled from top to bottom, the body shell was reinforced with racing strut braces. A parade of Porsche parts come next.


Read more http://volkspinoy.i.ph/blogs/volkspinoy/?itemid=39


SuperSally

What about a 1979 Volkswagen 4-door 1303S? What if a couple of VW engineers decided to build the Ultimate Super Beetle. Based on the Rommetsch Taxi of the early 50s, this 80s interpretation is bigger, faster, and safer. Taking a box-stock Euro-spec 1303S, they custom engineered the four doors exclusively using original parts. They intentionally updated the engine to add more muscle for the extra weight. Unfortunately, the time was nearly over for factory air-cooled cars, so the idea was never considered.


Read more http://volkspinoy.i.ph/blogs/volkspinoy/?itemid=60


The Black Wolf

This particular Black Wolf has been resurrected from decades old sleep. Stripped of his rusty fenders, and built on an otherwise solid body, the top is chopped by 5 inches. Chopping the roof of a VW Beetle is no picnic, but chopping a 1303 is a whole new ballgame. As soon as the body massaging is done, the whole thing was sprayed an experimental suede like, black urethane blend suited for the stealth fighter.


Read more http://volkspinoy.i.ph/blogs/volkspinoy/?itemid=37


Hebmeuller Superbé

Throw away the book. Guaranteed to turn heads is this Heb-style Super Beetle. A look at what could have been if Hebmeuller Coachcraft survived the war and continued to produce it's 2-seat Convertible into the Super Beetle era. Most assuredly, Hebmeuller would be at the forefront of VW advancements. As the VW Convertible evolved into the 1303 model, Hebmeuller also followed suit.


Read more http://volkspinoy.i.ph/blogs/volkspinoy/?item=volkswagen-concept-hebmeuller-superbe

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