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A VW Fastback, Hot Wheels Style

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A VW Fastback, Hot Wheels Style


As I mentioned during my event coverage from the 2016 Mooneyes Xmas Party, air-cooled Volkswagens were out in big numbers this year, making for a nice contrast with the more traditional American hot rods and customs.

So when it came time to select some cars to spotlight at the show, I figured it was only right to include a VW in the mix.

But rather than a Beetle or a Transporter, the car that caught my eye was this orange Type III.

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The 1970 Fastback is owned by Israel ‘Paro’ Sanchez of Los Angeles, who told me he just finished up the car prior to Saturday’s event. It’s far from a show car, but it has no shortage of character with an overall vibe that’s part rat rod and part lowrider with a touch of vintage racer.

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The first thing you notice is the slammed ride height, and to achieve this Paro actually dropped the ’70 body over a 1965 pan with swing axle suspension. Factor in a set of Rader-type wheels and red accented tires tucked into the fenders, and it actually reminds me of a ’60s-era Hot Wheels die-cast.

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For clearance reasons, the engine comes from a Type 1, and while it’s basically stock it more than gets the job done when it comes to cruising. And how about that exhaust setup?! After speaking to Paro, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find a built motor back there the next time we see this car.

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As for the interior, it’s simple and to the point with a large diameter stock steering wheel and an aftermarket shifter to handle the gear changes.

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But my favorite part is the two-tone bucket seats which have these super-cool gold metal-flake inserts.

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Combine all that with a healthy dose of patina and the bumper-less body and you have the recipe for an extremely cool looking and highly unique VW build that was achieved without breaking the bank.

Well done, sir.

Mike Garrett
Instagram: japanifornia
mike@speedhunters.com

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