Hot VWs Magazine - July 2021
On the cover : Joey Bautista’s Porsche 356-powered Zwitter. (Photo Shin Watanabe)
FOR THE LOVE OF MINUSCOLO
The doctor said he would never drive a clutch-operated vehicle again... But Grant Reiling from Walnut Creek, California never gave up, successfully setting his wheelchair aside to drive a Volkswagen again. The passion for VWs always wins – proof that nothing can stop you from driving what you love.
JOEY BAUTISTA, a vintage Porsche 356 and 911 collector and enthusiast, is a successful businessman who resides in San Francisco, California. He has always admired and liked vintage Volkswagens. Who knows, this could be a rare case: A person coming into the VW scene after owning Porsches. Since Joey got his first Volkswagen, he’s been hooked as he discovered many similarities and interchangeable parts between these two iconic German brands. As a result, he wanted to build something unique, mixing vintage Porsche 356 and Volkswagen Beetle compo- nents... Let’s take a look at the outcome.
LEADER OF THE PACK II
In July 2020, hotVWs Maga- zine ran a piece featuring some fantastic ads, published in Germany’s Gute Fahrt – the world’s oldest VW-related periodical. Back by popular demand, we take a look at another batch of advertising, going as far back as 1950!
LUSH & HUMBLE
For years, Volkswagen offered two distinctive Beetles, the Deluxe and the starker, less common Standard – a model never officially exported to the USA. Curious to know their differences? You’re in luck: We found two desirable 1952 Splits to illustrate our study!
WELCOME TO THE VINTAGE PERFORMANCE WORLD!
Created by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, the Volkswagen Beetle has argu- ably been the greatest people’s car ever built. The VW air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cyl- inder motor is a masterpiece of “combustion chamber power”, which later became the basis for the Porsche 356 engine. Until 1954, both the VW and Porsche 356 used the same engine case, making them interchangeable. Some VW owners even swapped Porsche engines into their cars, making their performance on par with the 356 sports cars. Then third parties started offering various engine tuning options for the VW engine.