The Beetle Rod

There is no hiding the fact that the Japanese are into air-cooled stuff in a big way. It’s a silly thing to say really, as the Japanese are pretty much into every kind of car scene; but each time the Mooneyes Hot Rod & Custom Show rolls around, I’m reminded about just how much they love old VWs.


And while there are amazing shops out there like Flat-4 which have helped push the Japanese and international scene with some of the coolest and rarest restored Beetles, it was something a little more customized that caught my attention at the Pacifico Yokohama events center a couple of weeks ago.


Sitting on the ground and running massive old wire truck wheels that towered over its chopped body, it reminded of the Mini rat rod I found at the Art Of Speed show in Malaysia earlier this year.


And that’s what the guys at Hardon did with this 1967 Type 1 – ratted the hell out of it. They’ve mounted the body as low as it can possibly go, and then added a built engine out the back and four exposed wheels and tyres.


And boy did it get the looks it deserved, taking home the Best Radical award for being just that. It was easily one of the most ‘out there’ projects displayed at the Mooneyes show.


And despite that overall polished barn-find look, it was finished with amazing metal work and impressive detailing.


It’s another example of just how many tangents Japanese car culture can branch off in, broadening the appeal and helping get well noticed all around the world.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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Wow, so much work on the body. Those front fenders look awesome. They checked everything on the list and added camber too it. suh-weeet.


It's so heavily modified that it only faintly resembles the car it was before. That must have taken some true hard work. It's beyond awesome...


The way this things sits makes it looks even more like a beetle, haha.


elvexilix What front fenders?  I had to look back again because I thought I missed something...


Rear of the front fender arch.


TarmacTerrorist Like the part that looks like a squiggly line fabricated out of Bondo?


I believe that's what he is talking about. The literal inside of the cars front arch which is attached to the front fender.


Those aren't fenders, that's what a beetles body looks like with no fenders. 67 has a swing axle so any time you lower it the car will have negative camber. It's a cool car but the only body work that seems evident is the chop.


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