I told myself I'd never feature a Beetle. Twenty-one million of the things were built and a goodly number of them are still on the roads in various conditions. The Volkswagen Beetle is still common, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area. And for that reason, the Bug was never that special to me. Some of you in the rustbelt who never see them, or VW enthusiasts, may feel otherwise. My father once owned a '71 Super Beetle and thought it was a wonderfully fun little car.
BGW Spectre, Ltd. out of Phelps, Wisconsin. BGW Spectre offers fiberglass parts to "convert" your Beetle into a 1932 Ford, 1936 Ford, 1937 Ford, 1940 Ford, 1940 Willys, "1938 Auburn Packard", or a silly "Continental" package that consists of a fake Rolls-Royce nose. The 1937 Ford front is perhaps the most believable of the bunch, as the others don't look very close at all to what they copy. The company also makes pickup beds, tow truck conversions, wagon and coupe conversions. This car has the 5-Window Split Club Coupe package. I could swear that an earlier version of this exact vehicle appears on the BGW website. There is a white Wunderbug 5-Window with a blurred license plate that looks like it could be the same registration number. Take a close look at some of the pictures of this car and you can see a hint of a lighter color where the yellow is peeling off. The side mirror is also a match.
I must say, this is a unique look for a Bug. It will always look a bit wrong trying to be something it isn't, but to me it's the most appealing kit combination BGW Spectre offers this side of the 2-door woodie wagon.