A wooden beetle

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Most Beetle owners have faced the idea of giving their beloved cars bodywork a bit of a spruce up at one point in their cars life, but this guy takes it to a whole new level. the beetle in the video above is covered with over 20000 oak tiles, that apparently took around a year to attach to the car along with fabricating other oak bits and pieces (we especially like the wiper arms). So if your more handy with a chisel than welder give some thought to creating your own wooden car. Gallery via Gizmodo

VW Type 3 fastback

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The VW Type 3 also known as the 1500 or 1600 was produced from 1961 until 1977. Called the Type 3 because it was VW's 3rd design with the Beetle being the Type 1 and the Kombi van being the Type 2. The Type 3 shared much of its mechanical's with its older relatives but with a few revisions. One example was the motor that despite being the same basic unit as in the Beetle and Kombi, it now featured a redesigned cooling system that let the motor sit flat under the rear floor parcel area. This was a huge marketing win at the time as shown in the classic ad above with a very young Dustin Hoffman. The Type 3 come in 3 body styles a sedan known as the notchback, a wagon known as the squareback and a coupe known as the fastback.    

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VW concept car GX 3


This weeks weird car of the week is the VW concept car the GX 3. More motorbike meets car, the 92kw 3 wheel roadseter takes 5.7 sec to go from 0 to 100 klm. the 1.6 litre 4 cyl engine supplies power to the rear wheel via a 6-speed transmission and chain drive. The car made its premier at the Los Angeles Motor Show and was actually designed at the VW Design Centre in California, with the US in mind.  At launch VW had plans to take this model further and hopefully bring something like it into market. They were hoping it would sell at around $17000.