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Take a fun and nostalgic look at the world of Volkswagen accessories!
It is well documented that the Volkswagen Beetle is the best-selling vehicle of all time. In 1972, the 15-millionth Beetle was produced, breaking the record set by the Model T about 40 years earlier. It was a simple design with styling that appealed to the masses. It was affordable, practical, and fun. Because it was such a simple car and so many were sold, many people enjoy customizing their car with many accessories, which has been a large market for these cars dating back to the 1950s and 1960s. There is even a market today for people who collect these accessories without installing them.
In Vintage Volkswagen Beetle Accessories, which is authored by veteran VW historian Stephan Szantai, a whole range of accessories is covered. Of course, a history of the Beetle is detailed as well as the companies that formed the accessory aftermarket. Included are accessories for dressing up the exterior of the car, such as vented windows, bumpers and guards, turn-signal technology, add-on lighting, mirrors, etc. Then, interior accessories are examined, such as radios, ashtrays, glove boxes, gauges, and clocks. No accessories book would be complete without engine accessories, covering both dress-up options and functional performance parts. Travel accessories, such as roof racks, coolers, extended gas tanks, tail racks, and coffee makers are detailed. Wheels are also covered.
A gallery of accessorized Volkswagens of all types is featured, including Type 2 Buses; Type 3 squarebacks, fastbacks, and coupes; Karmann Ghias; and even single- and double-cab pickup bodystyles. Join the fun and nostalgic romp through VW accessory history with this new title that features everything cool about customizing your VW.
• This is the first book ever published covering the VW accessory aftermarket.
• The VW Beetle is the best-selling car of all time with more than 20 million units sold.
• Included are several car features as well as vintage advertising going back decades.
Author: Stephan Szantai
Author Bio: Born and raised in France to a German mother and a Hungarian father, Stephan Szantai has had a deep interest in automobiles for longer than he can remember. Regular childhood trips to Germany to visit an aunt who drove a 1971 Beetle sealed his fondness for air-cooled VWs. A fascination for car magazines led to Stephan’s first article being published in France’s then-new Super VW Magazine in 1987. Five years later, a business opportunity prompted him to move to Southern California. Fast-forward more than two decades and Stephan’s career has translated into books, along with 2,500 articles printed in nearly 100 magazines based in 17 countries.
Binding Type: Paperback
Illustrations: 317 color photos