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VW Thing – Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood

December 21st, 2009 by Nick

VW Thing - Santa Monica

There’s just something about a car being so damn ugly it’s beautiful. If this is a grandfather, the grandson is a steroid-using, metro-sexual, in-the-gym-5-days-a-week H2. Part of “the greatest generation”, where form followed function, this thing sits on the porch, shaking his head, asking himself, “where the hell did we go wrong?” You can call it dated, boxy, ugly or utilitarian, but whatever you do, don’t dare call it unoriginal.

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VW Bug – Sherbourne Blvd., LA

November 24th, 2009 by Nick

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bug that hasn’t been customized in some form or another. This one looks as if it just drove off the set of M*A*S*H, serial number and all. It’s customizations are a bit wacky, but done with a quiet elegance. Just enough to let you know somebody in there cares, but understated to the point of making you guess if this thing is, in fact, stock. I wonder if the luggage rack doubles as a machine gun mount?

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VW Beetle – Desbrosses Street, NYC

October 1st, 2009 by Ian

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Punch buggy red – no punch backs! Ok now that’s out of the way we can proceed. This Type 1 Beetle snapped in the West Village is not nearly as old as it seems. Well the technology is downright geriatric but this baby was actually assembled with “new” parts in VW’s Puebla, Mexico plant in 2001. While the rest of the world had long since hung the Beetle jersey from the rafters, the Mexican market (particularly cab drivers) kept the icon alive until 2003 when the last ever new Beetle (# 21,529,464) rolled of the assembly line.

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VW Bus (Type 2) – West Village, NYC

May 8th, 2009 by Stu

vw-bus-west-villageThis second generation bus (1968-1979) was found smiling at street goers in the West Village. It’s almost surreal to see something so calming mixed in with the move-it-or-lose-it NYC landscape. The enthusiastic paint job and bumper stickers speak of road trips and cool experiences. More importantly, they tell career-obsessed New Yorkers about what life could be like outside the cubicle. We wish VW would give us another one of these instead of a re-badged Dodge Caravan and Brooke Shields.

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