Covers the different styles of Patina VWs
Explains what constitutes a patina Volkswagen
Shows the reader what is involved in purchasing a Patina project vehicle
Explores a brief history and evolution of the Patina scene
Looks at sympathetic restoration of VWs
Looks at car preservation, not restoration
Focuses on both modified and unmodified cars
Explores the different manifestations of the look
Covers some of the most common modifications
Shows the reader all of the individual elements needed to build a good-looking Patina VW
Covers the appraisal, buying, strip down, repair and sympathetic renovation of original paint and patina Volkswagen cars and vans/Buses across the air-cooled range. This includes matching original paint/patina to repaired areas, coming up with a style, and popular modifications.
The explosion of Patina Volkswagens on social media has inspired those car fanatics, who realise that you dont have to restore a car, to end up with a good-looking ride. At last, you can stand out from the crowd, even on a tight budget. The look of the cars that result from patina builds is honest, unspoiled, and characterful; it has also inspired the media, movie stars and celebrities.
Interest in patination has undoubtedly resulted in increased car values, and turned a brand of cars that had always been a cheap, honest mode of transportation into something cool with a high price tag. The people the look initially inspired have grown with the hobby, finding ways to still be cool on a tight budget and producing a micro-industry that still manages to embrace the 'Built not bought' ethos.
This book takes a look at the differing styles of patina VW build, and imparts tips on finding and buying a project car, carrying out a sympathetic patina style renovation and includes a chapter on re-creating a patina finish on repaired areas or missing parts.
Period Covered: 1943-2003
Models Covered: All air-cooled Volkswagens
Models: VW Beetle, VW Transporter T1 (1950-67), T2 (1968-79) Karmann Ghia (Types 1 and 3) Variant (type 3 models) including Fastback, Squareback and Notchback
Models NOT Covered: Water-cooled Volkswagens
From antiques to vintage cars, suddenly, the world has begun to appreciate time-worn objects. Patina tells a complex and interesting story that a restored car cant tell.
There are hundreds of classic VW books on the market, but uniquely How to Build a Patina Volkswagen is a practical guide to the purchase and sympathetic restoration of a Volkswagen with original paint and patina.
Over 300 high quality photos of cars with seemingly endless character, as well as practical hands-on advice covering the purchase, appraisal, strip down and renovation of a patina car, including tips on matching the original paint finish to any repaired areas.