Amelia Island is Hosting a Custom Coach-built Beetle Class and We’re Sneaking In!

VW Vortex is going on the road. We’re taking our life in our hands and going to Florida for the 24th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Okay, so it’s more like we’re taking fancy drinks into our hands, but hey, not everything has to suck all the time, The World!

The reason for our trip? Another jaunt down memory lane. To celebrate the end of the Beetle’s life and 70 years in America, the Concours is hosting a special class dedicated to custom coachwork VWs.

“The Volkswagen with custom coachwork is the flipside of the Bug’s original American mission and message: and thus the perfect fodder for an Amelia Concours special class,” said Bill Warner, event chairman.

These are largely Type 1 chassis with coach-built bodies. Attendants include all your favorite hits: the 1950 Hebmueller Type 14A, the 1951 Rometsch Beeskow Coupe, who could forget the 1951 Tempo Matador, or the 1953 Rometsch Taxi. And how about the 1953 Dannenhauer & Stauss Cabriolet, the stunning 1954 Dannenhauer & Stauss Coupe, the gunning 1954 Rometsch Beeskow Coupe, the running 1956 Beetle by Troutman and Barnes, or the sunning 1957 Rometsch Lawrence Convertible? Not enough, we got more! The fantastic 1960 Rometsch Lawrence Coupe, the corybantic 1965 Karmann-Ghia Type 1 concept, the romantic 1969 Beetle Wedding Car, and much, much more.

Some of these will be stateside for the first time ever.

The special class is part of an Amelia Island tradition that sees the six-figure-fancy car show inviting more humble classics to the show through the use of a theme. In the past, the themes have included movie cars, advertising cars, and more.

”We’re delighted that the Amelia Island Concours chose to host a class for the Beetle with custom coachwork,” says Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design. “While everyone knows the humble Beetle, it’s less well-known that the Beetle platform was used by a number of coachbuilders in Europe to produce the amazing, unique vehicles on show this weekend.”

And we’ll be on the ground, hobnobbing and taking pictures of it all, so let us know what you want to see and hear more about! And pray they don’t notice us and kick us out.