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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Neo-Victorian VW Beetle ... and Other Wrought Iron Vehicles

Iron VW Beetle by MG Verbanus
Since this is one of the most viewed posts on my site, I wanted to add information about this vehicle and about the world of wrought-iron/metal filigree style bodied Volkswagons. 

This is the closest thing to a neo-Victorian Volkswagen that I have ever seen.
VW beetle by MG Verbanus

The metal-art workshop Verbanus, founded in 1981, created this masterpiece.  It took over 2500 hours and is plated in 24 karat gold.  It does indeed function.  The workshop specializes in custom pieces created mostly by hand for discerning clients.

VW beetle by MG Verbanus

 WikiPedia defines wrought iron:  Wrought iron is an iron alloy with a very low carbon content, in comparison to steel, and has fibrous inclusions, known as slag.

Several handmade VW Beetles have been made, but I believe the one pictured above is the prettiest.  The story of another wrought iron VW bug can be found here on Oldcar.com.   If you like looking at wacky cars created for the sake of art, the ArtCar blog is the place to go.  I will add more information as I find it. Wonder what kind of gas mileage an iron filigree automobile gets? ...



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