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The classic Volkswagen Beetle is a sensational blank canvas

This selection of vehicles from the Volkswagen Coachbuilt Beetle Class at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance demonstrates the versatility of The People's Car.

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The 1969 Volkswagen Wedding Beetle is one of the coolest cars I've ever driven.

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Don't let that aerated bodywork fool you. It feels like it weighs the same as, if not more than, a standard classic Beetle. In other words, it's still slow as sin.

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This 1956 Volkswagen Beetle by Dick Troutman is anything but slow.

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With 183 horsepower, this car has a weight-to-power ratio superior to the new Toyota Supra.

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Oh my God. The 1965 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 1 Concept Car is a work of art.

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This is the only example in existence, but it needs to be copied so I can have one of my own.

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The 1958 Volkswagen Rometsch Lawrence Convertible masterfully blends American design with German underpinnings.

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Yep, it's all Beetle underneath, but it could stand proudly with any Ford Thunderbird of the era. 

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The 1953 Volkswagen Rometsch Taxi adds 7 inches to the Beetle's length, without ruining its iconic roofline. That's some skillful coachwork there.

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