This Volkswagen Beetle Hotrod Rendering Should Become Real

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Photo: Mikhail Smolyanov
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Being a hotrod addict on the Old Continent is pretty hard. The community there isn’t such big and you don’t usually find cars enough old cars to chop down. Unless you’re looking for retro Volkswagen Beetles.
Although they represent a nice starting point, their design doesn’t allow for an exact hotrod build. The engine is in the wrong place, it has only four cylinders and there’s no big oldschool grille at the front.

Still, with enough imagination you can turn that frog-faced “car of the people” into eye-candy on wheels. Like the build you see in the adjacent photos. From certain angles, it really does look like one of those ‘Merican lead sleds.

It started as a normal VW Beetle, but it got chopped, stretched and lowered a lot. The flat-four engine got moved to the front here and there’s another one bolted right to it in order to create one harmonious flat-eight powerhouse which can be seen through those plexiglass windows made in the arched hood.

The “lead bug” appears to have only two seats and the controls have been moved way back due to the big engine at the front. There are side exhausts where the usual fenders should have been, while the rear ones got a round hole in them to allow the wheel to be seen.

An exceptional work of art, but it has a flaw - this is only a rendering did by talented artist Mikhail Smolyanov, a wet hotrodding dream someone must turn into reality.
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