Volkswagen: “the people’s car,” it says, if you were to translate the name to English. What began as both a name and a mantra 83 years ago still rings true today… It’s undeniable that somehow, it’s the Volkswagen community that seems the tightest, and the most group-oriented, inexplicably bonded together by machines that began life as nothing more than economic forms of transportation.
Since its introduction in 1938 until 2003 when the last one rolled off the assembly line, Volkwagen has built more than 21,500,000 aircooled Beetles. Yes, that’s a lot. Surprisingly, though, it’s part of what makes Luigi di Gioia’s ’64 Beetle all the more impressive… It’s astoundingly rare to find classic, unrestored examples in such condition, let alone modified extensively. Luigi’s Beetle still wears its original paint which gives way to perfection throughout the car.
Many car purchases are fueled by impulse, which is often followed by buyer’s remorse. In the classic water-cooled VW world, impulse buys can literally destroy your bank account and wreak havoc with wives and girlfriends. Fraught with hidden rust and hidden running issues, buying an old VW on a whim is trouble. There isn’t a truer car to adhere to the old adage: The best things come to those who wait.
Photography by Mike Crawat
From the Renault Alpina GTE turbo wheels to the massive Hella foglights, there’s something special to be said for this loud and proud pint-sized Volkswagen. Lukas Sentensky’s rally-inspired ’78 MK1 Polo hatchback pulls together a slew of neat and eclectic ’80s parts to make for a tiny car with huge flavor.
Despite its size, Lukas has built a car thats hard to ignore, first and foremost with the vibrant yellow paint: a factory original color.
To put it simply, there aren’t a lot of cars that make me smile. By looking at them, I mean. Sure, time spent behind the wheel, with the pedal down and the revs up will almost always lead to a release of endorphins, it’s difficult for a car to evoke an emotion of happiness from its presence alone.