Coachbuilt Volkswagen Beetles… really?


The 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will entertain visitors with a featured class of Volkswagen Beetles. Hardly reminiscent of the stock Slug Bug/Punch Buggy driven by your high school math teacher, these are hand-made, aluminum-bodied models, mostly from the 1950s.

One of the models on display wil be the Rometsch Beeskow, built by Rometcsch Karosserie in Berlin and named in honor of designer, Johannes Beeskow. Constructed on a Beetle chassis and running gear, it was offered as a coupe or cabriolet.

Kurt Ernst of Hemmings Daily, wrote about the upcoming display:

Though the field has not yet been set, expect to see Volkswagen Beetles bodied by coachbuilders such as Hebmüller, Dannenhauser and Strauss, Wendler, and Rometsch, which produced coupes and cabriolets in two series from 1950 to 1961 (as well as four-door Beetle taxis).

In this view of the Rometsch Beeskow cabriolet, the characteristic “wheel brows” above the front wheel opening are very evident… and reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz 109SL and 300SL introduced a few years later.

Photo credits:
    black car – The Boses Collection
    blue car – Shin Watanabe