Celebrating both the final year of the current-generation Beetle and the 70th anniversary of the first Beetle sold in the U.S., the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is hosting a class of custom coachwork Bugs. This branch of automotive art is sometimes ignored by automakers – Europe’s carrozzeria or karosserie culture.
“While everyone knows the humble Beetle, it’s less well-known that the Beetle platform was used by a number of coach-builders in Europe to produce the amazing, unique vehicles on show this weekend,” said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design.
- 1950 Hebmueller Type 14A
- 1951 Rometsch Beeskow Coupe
- 1951 Tempo Matador
- 1953 Rometsch Taxi
- 1953 Dannenhauer & Stauss Cabriolet
- 1954 Dannenhauer & Stauss Coupe
- 1954 Rometsch Beeskow Coupe
- 1956 Beetle by Troutman and Barnes
- 1957 Rometsch Lawrence Convertible
- 1960 Rometsch Lawrence Coupe
- 1965 Karmann-Ghia Type 1 concept
- 1969 Beetle Wedding Car
VW says this will be the first time that this many custom coachwork vehicles are assembled in the same place and the first time that a number of these cars will be seen in public in the U.S. The 1965 Karmann-Ghia Type 1 concept, which belongs to Volkswagen, and the 1951 Rometsch Beeskow Coupe, which belongs to the Grundmann Collection, have been shipped from Germany for the occasion.