it's a useful resource for those wishing to accentuate their classic's patina. --Classic & Sports Car
this is a good book. It's concise and is backed up with lots of experience behind the guidance. --Auto Express
This book shows you how to create a VW with honest, unspoiled character. --Practical Classics
About the Author
Mark Walker bought his first 1964 VW Beetle at age 16 before he could legally drive. Over 25 years of VW ownership and over 100 air-cooled Volkswagens have now passed by since that point. Mark was the owner and operator of The Bus Station (2002-2013) and Vintage Werks (2006-2007) - both companies heavily immersed in the VW scene that were known for importing classic Volkswagens from around the world, and carrying out sympathetic restoration work. These companies also gained an international reputation for out of the box thinking, high-quality suspension modifications and turning out magazine feature worthy cars. The success and popularity of his business earned Mark the nickname 'Slam King'. Mark has written for Volksworld and Camper & Bus magazines since 2012.
1965 Vw Bus Patina Splitscreen Split Window Volkswagen Kombi Microbus Van on 2040-cars
For sale is a 65' Kombi Split Window Bus. This bus started out as a Dove Blue SO42 Westfalia tin top camper. When I got it, the camper kit was long gone, and it had a respray of lighter blue and white which has a nice patina to it.
The bus has a good tight running 1776 DP motor, with brand new header and quiet pack muffler. Some highlights:
-Runs, drives, steers, stops.
-New brakes (Brand new master cylinder, wheel cylinders, soft lines, and all shoes)
-Most metal work is done (inner outer rockers on both sides, cargo and front floor sections, partial p/s dogleg)
-Good running 1776 Dual Port motor with rebuilt heads
-Solid & Dry body- original battery tray is in great shape!
-Converted to 12 Volt
-All new window seals except for door glass.
-New Rear Mat
-New TMI Front Seat Covers
-Rear bay window seat included
-Transmission drip from one side (needs gasket)
-Needs some minor bodywork (corners, nose, p/s wheel well)
-Some old bodywork in rear corners.
-Electrical needs finishing (I will be working on this until it is sold)
-Wiper is 6v and wiper arms are missing
-1 side window is cracked, but does not leak.
-Missing rear bumper
-Deck lid is bent
Included but not pictured are 4 hubcaps, the missing engine tin (will be installed),and the blinker switch.
Clean title in my name will arrive in 3 weeks.
Overseas buyers encouraged! Delivery to the UK or Germany from my house is around $2000-3000 door to door. I can store the bus on my property here after it is paid in full until it is picked up. USA or Overseas buyers- I have a lot of good shippers that can deliver the bus to you no matter where you live!
Asking $15,000 USD- no trades please- need the money for another restoration I have waiting.
Serious buyers feel free to text or call 970-775-3437
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UK auto magazine says this is the best car commercial of all time [w/videos]Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:45:00 EST
There have been many great car commercials over the years, but is it possible to define the best? Well, Ad Week recently took a crack at it by rating the top commercials of the year by looking at their view counts on YouTube, but Auto Express took a more democratic approach by putting the decision to a vote. Just after Thanksgiving, Auto Express came up with a list of the 20 popular commercials, and it tasked its readers with choosing the winner for the best car ad of all time. The winner? Honda's 2003 commercial for its then-new European Accord titled "The Cog."
While the ad never aired in the US, most car people have surely seen the impressive Rube Goldberg-style spot. In fact, the only commercial on this list that we saw on US television was the Volkswagen ad "The Force," but many of the others have become viral videos, including transforming and dancing Citroën C4. Of the 19 other commercials that vied for the title of best ad of all time, only the Ford Puma "Steve McQueen" commercial gave Honda a run for its advertising money.
Scroll down to watch Auto Express' top five commercial in order and to check out a press release, then let us know some of your favorite car commercials in Comments.
Volkswagen Cross Up! headed for production after Geneva revealWed, 13 Feb 2013 17:44:00 EST
The last time we saw the Volkswagen Cross Up!, it was sitting out in the snow in prototype form, but the next time we'll see this slightly more rugged version of the diminutive Up! hatchback will be when it makes its production debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Looking like a micro-crossover with its raised ground clearance and black cladding, the Cross Up! will be the fourth "Cross" model for VW (after the CrossPolo, CrossGolf and CrossTouran) when it goes on sale this summer in mainland Europe (UK sales remain up in the air and US sales are highly unlikely).
Overall, the styling of the production Cross Up! has stayed fairly true to the 2011 concept car, including the front and rear fascias that offer a more rugged look, stocky 16-inch wheels and roof rack side rails. Inside, this model will get unique interior enhancements such as "Cross Up!" sill plates and an instrument panel available in red, black or silver. Like the regular Up!, the Cross Up! is powered by a 74-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine paired to a five-speed manual transmission, and it doesn't look like all-wheel drive will be part of the picture. For more details on the upcoming Cross Up!, check out VW's press release posted below.
VW builds 250,000th Passat in Chattanooga in just two yearsSun, 26 May 2013 09:01:00 EST
It hasn't been without incident or union organizing drive, but the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN has built its 250,000 Passat in just a little over two years. The Night Blue Passat TDI with black leather has come just two years and five weeks after the first customer car came off the line on April 18, 2011.
In the last year the plant operated at the 150,000-unit capacity that it was intended for, but the downturn in Passat sales and subsequent worker layoffs mean it will be a challenge to repeat the feat. The plant does have the world's largest solar park, though, and you can't take that away from them.
You'll find the official hand-clapping in the press release below.
1966 VW Bus 13 Window Deluxe Patina Driver Unrestored
- Condition: Used
- Make: Volkswagen
- Model: Bus/Vanagon
- Trim: Deluxe
- Year: 1966
- Mileage: 80,480
- VIN: 246042871
- Engine size: 1500 Singleport
- Drive type: manual
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1966 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon DeluxeTexas bus... VERY solid...Nice nose inner and outer... not Rot.. Nice Dogs and doors... original steeloriginal battery trays solid..no rotGood Single port engineNew:Brakes and tires....battery12VMissing ..middle seats..rear bumper and apronVents cut but available from GersonTypical bumps and bruises for being a 50yr old unrestored bus..will need front floor, partial cargo floor and some outer rocker work.
CLEAN TN TITLESolid driver or Perfect start for resto
please call with questions prior to bidding931-840-9533
Bus patina vw
Monster patina Azure 1951.
PENDING Deposit taken. Thank you for your offers.
Pan needs welding and lower part of body also heaterchannels and around those.
Loveley patina that talks for it self.
Interior is a mix of parts from 49 -55.
Door cards are oldest and front seats the newest parts.
Nothing of the interior is original to the Azure blue car original.
Steeringwheel, gauges and knobs is og to the car.
All alu-trim is there but 2 is inside the car. Gastank is correct, doors, glass, lid and bonnet, with correct handles.
Wolfsburg logo and early alu vw logo on hood.
Correct taillights and popesnose.
Not correct bumpers, oval era front-fenders and not correct knobs on the windowcranks.
No engine, shifterknob and no semas, no runningboards or runningboardstrim. Missing some brake-parts.
3 correct vw 16" rims and one non VW 16" 5/205 rim. Correct bonnet and engine lid, correct doors.
Pan needs new floors
Body needs new heaterchannels plus more metal.
Optonal extras only available to the buyer, will not separate:
Butchered split bug pan with heaterchannels.
Working oval-era semaphores, and split era semas (restoproject).
Roofrack and other options as SWF glass washerbottle, and other early parts.
Other split-era stuff as extra gauges and bakelite stuff etc.
Car is located in Skellefteå, northern Sweden
Free loading with forklift at my place. Could deliver to port at a cost. Wide world shipping is no problem but you pay all shipping costs from my place.
8900€ or HIGHER OFFER.
Prefer Bank Transfer but if you need to pay via Pay Pal add 5%
Is Patina Earned If It’s Hand-Painted? In The Case Of This VW Camping Crew, Definitely.
After three weeks spent in Cuba, I took a hop over to Mexico and enjoyed a week on the Rivieira Maya in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Bacalar, before heading to Mahahual, a small fishing village on the Caribbean coast. Located in the state of Quintana Roo, it is well known for the beaches’ close proximity to the coral reef, and of course the resulting sea life that makes the spot ideal for snorkeling. I went there to swim with some turtles, a lovely experience that I would recommend for everyone, but I found else something old and green that I thought Petrolicious readers might be more interested in.
I stayed at la Casa de la Langosta, owned by a man named Mike who cooks a mean lobster and offers guests a wonderfully beach-idyllic campsite with plenty of parking for the various traveling vans and 4x4s that make their way to the shore.
It was in this relaxing, creative creative environment (while I was there some friends were painting Mike’s house for instance), that I met a couple living in a Volkswagen: Israel, from Mexico, and Jen, from Germany. They are traveling in Mexico with this piece of pretty patina, and it took them about three months to refurbish it to make it ready for their trek. The second day after I arrived, I asked them if I could do a photoshoot of the whole “family,” and they were kind enough to set it all up and share their lives with me.
The scene was perfect, postcard-like, and I had to take the time for a quick sketch in my notebook. Palm trees and hammock swaying in the breeze, the dappled light through the leaves hitting the warm sand, and of course the assortment of vehicles owned by this intriguing couple. It includes the palm trees, the beach, hammock, and their collection of vehicles. There’s a great deal of continuity between their T2 van, motorcycle, and bicycle, something that can only come from handcrafting. They might look a little rough, but it’s all by design.
Israel and Jen love quality vintage pieces, whether it’s a belt buckle or a Volkswagen, and you can see their collective eye for detail with just a few glances at what they’ve built here. The Carabela motorcycle with all the belts, the helmet, the satchels and other accessories, that was the masterpiece for me. The bicycle was following the same style, what with the metal water bottle and air pump attached and aged to match the rest of the bike’s look.
And what a look. If the patina looks just a bit too perfect you’d be right in thinking it’s not real. I can see people getting all up in arms about this, this “authenticity,” but let’s just think about it for a moment: what’s inauthentic here? Yeah, the rust is painted on by hand rather than a product of age mixed with moisture, but there are no airs being put on here, they aren’t pretending the thing’s been through the gauntlet and back. It’s certainly not a rusty ratted-out T2, so think of it as an art project, which, in addition to being a place to live out of, it is.
I actually saw Israel painting a section of the van on the the first day I met him, and besides my admiration of his craftsmanship, it prompted me to think on the age-old automotive adage that it’s better to build it than buy it. So where does Israel’s van fall on that spectrum? There’s an obvious conundrum here: the patina is “fake,” but he’s turned a regular old T2 into this beautiful work of art with is own two hands. It’s just earning patina in a different way than you’d normally do it, if you ask me. Is it technically patina? No. Does it matter? Probably to somebody, but if that puts you off from this project then I’m sorry you’re such a bore at parties.
After admiring the details on the exterior Jen invited me in to see how the work carried into the interior. A thorough job throughout, what struck me first was the lovely wooden slats on the roof. It was like being in a beach bungalow that happened to have an engine under it. The fabric for the seats was coordinated throughout the rest of the van, all the way to the toothbrush holders! The silverware set, first aid kit, blanket, everything was carefully thought out and chosen for its purpose, but also for its aesthetic. For those wondering about the seeming randomness of the scale model on the dash, the Fiat 1100 is the car that Israel owned prior to the Volkswagen—it lives on in memory and in diecast now.
I met Israel and Jen by circumstance a few months later in Puebla, me just passing through and them having decided to use the place as a hub for local exploring. I wish them luck, they do the same to me, and we part ways again. It’s left a good taste in my mouth, seeing these lively, fun, down-to-earth people doing something not only adventurous, but simultaneously artistic. Built not bought, what about painted, not rusted?
Jen is working as a freelance translator and interpreter, and Israel buys, repairs, and sells vintage pieces, mostly bicycles and motorcycles or their related gear. They are called The Rolling Vintage, and they also make leather bags for travelers like them. You can follow them on Instagram
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