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How to Build a Patina Volkswagen


How to Build a Patina Volkswagen

By Mark Walker
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Hardback • 25x20.7cm • 160 pages • 300 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-787115-00-2

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• 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 don’t 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.

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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 can’t 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.


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