For today's Ultimate Dubs 2016 gallery we're switching things up. We're going way back in time, back to Volkswagen's roots, when their cars were too cool for water.

These air-cooled classics all have one thing in common: stance. Lowered, cambered, and proportioned, the cars all look as good in motion as they do standing still.

The selection today also shows influences of American custom culture. With cars like the patina'd Microbus and the surf-ready squareback we're relieved to hear that our photographer Si Gray wasn't hassled by greasers.