VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

There's no doubt that the original Volkswagen, known affectionately as the VW Beetle or VW Bug, is a design icon.

Designed by Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930s, the car went on to become one of the most popular ever, with more than 21 million Beetles made from 1945, when production began properly, to 2003 when the final one rolled off the assembly line.

To the surfers and hippies of the 60s the cars represented freedom, the outdoors and the chance to go wherever they wanted.

Originally hailed as an example of the "economic miracle" of Germany's post-war recovery, these affordable, easy-to-repair cars quickly became symbolic for another group - the long-haired surfers and hippies of the 60s for whom they represented freedom, the outdoors and the chance to go wherever they wanted.

It's no wonder then that people in general - and surfers especially - still love these cars today. And if you can get your hands on one of these, we can almost guarantee it'll make your summer.

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

An original VW Beetle in brilliant condition.

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

A limo-style variation in a fetching red

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

One for a beachfront wedding party perhaps?

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

Created by a company that's more used to making gates and fences, this ornate bug has its bodywork replaced by wrought iron. Not practical when it's wet perhaps, but it apparently still drives fine.

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

Classic 50s styling. And that's just the driver...

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

Looks like you could tackle the Camel Trophy in this one...

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

This one's so overladen it looks like it's been squashed!

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

Built to tackle anything the beach can throw at you.

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

In case someone steals the previous one...

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

The ultimate all-terrain car?

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

One of the coolest customisation jobs we've ever seen...

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

Keeping it traditional even in the 21st century

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

Lowered with lidded lights for extra lazy steeze

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

"Screw the canvas roof, let's build our own one from a grass hut and bamboo"

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

Lowered and matte black - this is the kind of Beetle a pimp would drive

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

One of the coolest camper conversions we've ever seen - how good is that paint job?

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

Perfect for cruising round LA

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

How's that for a custom paint job?

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

White and green, with chrome rims - a classic combo.

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

What do you do when you've got half an old beetle lying around? Simple, you turn it into a trailer for your Vespa...

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

Low, sleek and fucking flames down the side. What more could you want?

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

It's black with black flames licking up the bonnet. Do Beetles get much more rock n' roll?

VW Beetle Surf Car Customised Surfing

It's the car that just says "get out there and explore" isn't it?