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   Undertoad  Monday Oct 2 11:44 AM

October 2, 2006: Operating VW Beetle in wire frame



Sparks suggests this wire frame VW Beetle, via Hemmings Auto Blogs - which some of our resident gear-heads will enjoy.



In any case, it's very nice work. Check the detail of the flowers in the vase. The posters at Hemmings have decided that it does in fact run, though probably not exactly street legal.



They even included the detail of the rear window defrosters. They put in enough of the curving lines of the Beetle to remind you of what this is: a loving recreation of one of the finest designs in automotive history.



Flint  Monday Oct 2 11:50 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
...one of the finest designs in automotive history.
::: posts pre-emptive reductio ad Hitlerum :::


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Oct 2 12:40 PM

"Finest designs in automotive history." Say what?
Granted, Dr Porsche came up with an easy to stamp out design to put the masses on wheels, in the '30s. But that's because the masses weren't very discerning or demanding.
Personally, I'd rather have a gas gage or functional heater than a bud vase, but it was a step up from a donkey cart.

The wire frame creation has also been done with wrought iron.
I think you'd need a windshield but other than that it would be street legal.



Undertoad  Monday Oct 2 12:49 PM

It was a dopey statement by me, but in my defense, when I started writing the entry I thought it was a New Beetle by the flower vase.



barefoot serpent  Monday Oct 2 01:10 PM

an air-cooled engine; so why not the passengers, too?



Flint  Monday Oct 2 01:12 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by barefoot serpent
an air-cooled engine; so why not the passengers, too?
Engineering secrets "they" don't want you to know about!


MaggieL  Monday Oct 2 01:55 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
It was a dopey statement by me, but in my defense, when I started writing the entry I thought it was a New Beetle by the flower vase.
The flower vase in that abomination called the "New Beetle" (think: "New Coke") in in fact an homage to the original Beetle, which had one.


glatt  Monday Oct 2 02:07 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
one of the finest designs in automotive history.
I think that's a fair statement. It depends on what you are trying to accomplish with the design. If performance of any kind is your goal, then it clearly fails. But if cheap, simple, not unpleasant to look at, and ubiquitous are your goals, then it succeeds.


MaggieL  Monday Oct 2 02:23 PM

Any vehicle that could inspre the likes of this is the pinnacle of something.



axlrosen  Monday Oct 2 02:41 PM

Wow, that is beautiful. Even if he does look a bit sleepy. That chain-link steering wheel would look totally out of place in any other Beetle, but it goes perfectly with this one.



Saknussem  Monday Oct 2 02:52 PM

And it's safer than the original!



capnhowdy  Monday Oct 2 06:19 PM

The original would float.



BigV  Monday Oct 2 06:54 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy
The original would float.
TRUE!!

I sailed one across a flooded intersection once when I lived in SoCal. I didn't land where I intended to, and the engine stalled, but the crossing was dry. I fetched up on a driveway, and got out and pushed like crazy. Eventually it started again, and I chose a different route .. to whereever I was going, home work.. I don't remember now. But it was weird seeing the scenery change directions across the windshield disconnected from the steering wheel. Like driving on ice but a lot splashier and the surface was moving fast. Scary!


Wombat  Monday Oct 2 09:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
one of the finest designs in automotive history
I couldn't agree more!

This is my one, it's a '59:




Karenv  Wednesday Oct 4 12:12 PM

I had a Karmen Ghia and I think that VW was even better designed. A lot more aerodynamic. But we also had the old bug and loved having the well behind the back seat where the German shepherd could ride.



Wombat  Wednesday Oct 4 06:26 PM

I'd love a Karmen Ghia but they are so expensive these days



Ibby  Wednesday Oct 4 06:57 PM

If 'tain't a Microbus, I'm not interested.



BigV  Tuesday Oct 10 02:46 PM

yeah, a '66 21 window w/sunroof and safari windows. seafoam green on white. yum.



Wombat  Tuesday Oct 10 07:07 PM

Sounds very nice BigV... but why not go for a 23 window



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Oct 10 08:17 PM

Take all those microbuses, paint 'em purple, fill 'em with hippies and send them to Jerry Garcia. India, isn't it? Yeah, that's about far enough.

Damn rolling traffic jams....giddy when they got up to the flow of traffic (three miles after they left the entrance ramp).....drivers that are sightseeing, stoned or oblivious. Prototypes for the minivan soccer moms, multi-tasking everything....except driving the damn car.

The only thing worse, besides the camper version, was a Q-tip in a Cadillac.

Pant pant pant I feel better now.



BigV  Tuesday Oct 10 08:32 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wombat
Sounds very nice BigV... but why not go for a 23 window
The ad for 1959 23-window microbus deluxe - $64500 has been deleted.

Photo

That's why. :faint:


xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Oct 10 09:04 PM

Does it come with The Virgin Mary on toast?



BigV  Tuesday Oct 10 09:27 PM

Suh-WEET!!

Plus, they had only 21 windows by the time 1964 model came out.



capnhowdy  Tuesday Oct 10 10:00 PM

.....and eleven long haired friends of Jesus in a chartreuse microbus........ 10-4....



Ibby  Tuesday Oct 10 11:28 PM

...with shovels and rakes and implements of DE-struction...



SPUCK  Wednesday Oct 11 06:00 AM

Hitler's revenge...



onetrack  Wednesday Oct 11 07:03 AM

Hey .. ya think that's cool!!?? .. just wait until we fit the stained glass to it!! ...



Griff  Wednesday Oct 11 08:07 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Take all those microbuses, paint 'em purple, fill 'em with hippies and send them to Jerry Garcia. India, isn't it? Yeah, that's about far enough.

Damn rolling traffic jams....giddy when they got up to the flow of traffic (three miles after they left the entrance ramp).....drivers that are sightseeing, stoned or oblivious. Prototypes for the minivan soccer moms, multi-tasking everything....except driving the damn car.

The only thing worse, besides the camper version, was a Q-tip in a Cadillac.

Pant pant pant I feel better now.
If it makes you feel better, my Uncle had his yellow 57 out the other day in the bright sun, clear blue sky, and the fall leaves swirling around. I wish I had a camera, it was perfect.


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Oct 11 02:08 PM

Thanks, I needed that.



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