The unconventional Hotrod

There is nothing more satisfying than bringing an old, dilapidated eyesore back to life. It’s not just about the bragging rights when you get it right, but the fact that you saw each and every bolt, scraped and sanded every surface, spent untold amounts of hours detailing and imagining how it would look like when it’s done. It gives a sense of accomplishment if you get things just right.

There are tons of beautiful cars that can be scooped up for almost next to nothing, most of them just shells beaming “potential” or old “fixer-“uppers” that doesn’t require too much work. Most of the times these old “good for project cars” are better off being used for chicken coops.

Extend the steering rack, drop it, and throw away the wheel arches. Maybe chop the roof and fit a different set of wheels.

For most of us,  owning your own open wheeled, chrome lined, flake-painted, bright coloured, jaw dropping hotrod will stay nothing but a dream. We will go to  car shows, chat to other enthusiasts about a couple of dream cars, and end our day jealous. It’s kind of like wanting to own a Ferrari, or some exotic super car, but knowing you will never be able to afford it, not legally anyway. It is a depressing reality for a true petrol head.

Now is the time for me to tell you about the alternative, and plant the seed for an idea to build your own beautiful, yet unconventional hotrod. It is a bit of a hack, but the end looks just as good, if not a bit eccentric. It’s also a lot cheaper, parts are still readily available, and due to the general construction of this particular vehicle, it is a relatively easy to work on. The potential is massive, and because this classic, although very common, is not “rodded” often here in SA, you will also get some credit for being creative. I only ever saw one such attempt, and it did look very good, I can only imagine what it would look like with some effort and creativity.


I am talking about nothing other than a simple VW Beetle, it started its life in the mid 1930’s under the order of Adolf Hitler, and survived right through the ages, until its final rollout on the 30th of July 2003, keep in mind this is the classic beetle, having a total production run of 21,529,464 units, more than the 15 million model T Fords, and still today, the most produced vehicle ever!

Ladies and gentlemen. I present to you the Volksrod!

Sharing is caring

Juan Loubser

I am an old fashioned 30 year balding, ham fisted egghead, with a love for mechanical engineering, Victorian era architecture. There was always something about cars, and up to this day I cannot put my finger on it, the easiest way to explain it would be to like it to something you just understand, you get it, you don’t know why or how, but it’s something you've understood all your life. With Torquesteer I have created a couple of Goals. One is to tour the little market town of Todmorden, England in a MG B roadster, and the Second is to do the US route 66 in true american muscle style. Driving a Tesla is also on the list.

One thought on “The unconventional Hotrod

  • April 22, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Absolutley awesome. South-Africa needs this. Bring in the volksrod


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *