Bagged VW Beetle Bug (15)

​It’s exciting to see what car enthusiasts in other countries are building, especially since the stance scene has blown up. This 1960 type 1 Beetle is owned by Roland Zetterström and comes all the way from Sweden, and this is just one example of how clean and proper they are building cars over there. These days, many are attempting to stand out by chasing the lowest offsets, the craziest stretch, or the biggest drop; sometimes it’s easy to stand out by creating a clean classic ride that can be appreciated for its simplicity and functionality. When it comes to this Beetle, the wheels aren’t worth more than the car, it won’t dust many opponents off of the line, and it isn’t going to cause mass delays banging a necessary u-turn at a speed bump because its too low. But it will turn heads, and it will remain classy for years to come (which is more than what can be said about some cars…).

Photos By: Mario Klemm exclusively for StanceNation.com

Bagged VW Beetle Bug

​It is really incredible what a good drop can do for a car; Roland has supplied the beetle with adjustable front beam and cut three notches out of the back in order to get it sitting just right. Tucked under those wheel arches are the stock 15” steelies with OEM hubcaps and whitewalls, the rears having been widened to 8” sporting a set of 195/50/15, and the fronts tucking a set of 110/70/15. The rest of the exterior was cleaned up with all new chrome, a set of heart taillights, and a Texas Brown paint job.

Bagged VW Beetle Bug

​Under the hood sits a 1600cc aircooled engine and gearbox, paired with racing engine mounts, pumping out a modest 50hp and 55ftlbs of torque. No need for big horsepower numbers here to push the beetle around; low and slow is a tried and tested method of aircooled Volkswagen tuning.

Bagged VW Beetle Bug

​The interior of this beetle continues on the theme of simplicity, and was refinished with the original OEM design intact. There is nothing unnecessary in the cabin of this bug, the interior carries on the classic simplicity that the exterior does; it looks just the way it would have if it were done up in the 60’s. The seats, rear parcel shelf, and door cards have all been retrimmed in brown leather with plaid accents, and although the interior looks like it lacks a modern sound system, Roland has hidden all of the stereo components in order to retain the vintage feel. Tucked away under the parcel shelf are two 10” subwoofers, and speakers hidden in the footwells and under the dashboard, all being powered by a cd deck mounted in the glovebox – all the amenities of a modern sound system, without ruining the oldschool feel.

Bagged VW Beetle Bug

​It may not be the fastest thing on the road, it may not be the lowest, and the wheels don’t come with a four-figure price tag, but it does have character; which is more than what can be said about a lot of cars out there today. It takes hard work to create a vehicle that does not cater to the masses, and by that I mean putting in the effort to build something that does not simply follow the trends. This classically modified beetle can, and will withstand the test of time, Roland could take this bug to any show from the 60s until today, and it would still get respect; and that right there is the recipe for a good build.

Bagged VW Beetle Bug

Bagged VW Beetle Bug

Bagged VW Beetle Bug

Bagged VW Beetle Bug

Bagged VW Beetle Bug

Bagged VW Beetle Bug

Bagged VW Beetle Bug

Bagged VW Beetle Bug

Bagged VW Beetle Bug

29 Responses

  1. zvv

    Jewel. Very good attention to detail. Classic style, nice color combination and that interior…nuffffff said…a beauty.

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  2. Joe

    Where were those white-walls sourced from? Or what brand? I love aircooleds and this is one of the best and cleanest examples especially a stanced one.

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  3. Andrew Baker

    It’s not a 1960. If its a true split rear window it is a 1953 or earlier. The dashboard looks like it was grafted in because there is no stock Beetle dash that looks like that. Other than those mishaps, This car is BEAUTIFUL.

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      • bryce

        well, except the zwitter, but the zwitter was only produced until march of 53.

      • mario

        It’s a 1960 – Roland added the window just for the older look.

      • Brian Pop

        It cant be a 1960 because the hood doesnt have the Wolfsberg crest on it

    • Kafer Ovali

      Definitely not a split or oval/zwitter at all, you can tell always by the size of the front window and where it meets the roof, definitely a 60. also the dashboard is a 60 dash that when all the vents and grills have been shaved, looks very much like an oval dash minus the speaker grill. Also it has no ribbed doors and striker plates on the doors. Also has a 60’s steering wheel. However at first glance, it does look alot like a zwitter with the brezel, half popes nose on the W decklid and even the heart taillight housings. Good job I’d say!

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  4. illest_240sex

    thats an awesome old school ride and its just so clean! good to know there is people building nice rides all over the world! keep up the good work

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  5. Kai W

    A nice ride, the paint is a little dull but i like the stance, the rims give the old school character.

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  6. Stynn

    This beetle is sweet. I enjoy the old school style, but the paint could be a little more uplifting. All in all I think you did a great job and I would love see see you do another car.

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  7. Yan

    I’d like to know the details on how it was restored and customized. I’d like to make one of my own. I hope the owner won’t mind sharing his passion working on his VW. I admire your work Sir, it fits perfectly with my dream Volkswagen Beetle in mind… thank you!

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  8. Sergio G

    i’d like to know the details on how it was restored and customized. I’d like to make one of my own. I hope the owner won’t mind sharing his passion working on his VW. I admire your work Sir, it fits perfectly with my dream Volkswagen Beetle in mind… thank you! if you can email me @ losgallos1@att.net sorry Yan i copied your message

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  9. Brian Pop

    That’s most definitely not a 1960 it has to be a 1951 or earlier

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    • Brian Pop

      Actually nevermind none of the parts on it match, it has a hood without the crest on a split window which means unless its a 1950 or earlier bug, and it has snowflakes which is all wrong

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      • Kafer Ovali

        Definitely not a split or oval/zwitter at all, you can tell always by the size of the front windscreen and where it meets the roof, definitely a 60 like I mentioned in an earlier message. The lights are not snowflakes but the precursor to them, they are “heart lights”, named because of a heart like window on the top of the light which acted as the only stop light, the main taillight was only a driving light. The W decklid with the half popes nose and the taillights, would are correct for a zwitter style replica (1953 transition between the split and oval). Also the bonnet isn’t correct like you say, it should be a 4 tab bonnet with enameled wolfsburg crest (1962 was the last year for the hood crest). Cheers.

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