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.
The Classic Beetle
An original VW Beetle in brilliant condition.
The Stretched Beetle
A limo-style variation in a fetching red
All Aboard the Beetle Train
One for a beachfront wedding party perhaps?
The Wrought Iron Beetle
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.
The Sleek and Sexy Beetle
Classic 50s styling. And that's just the driver...
The Off Road Beetle
Looks like you could tackle the Camel Trophy in this one...
The Squashed by Surfboards Beetle
This one's so overladen it looks like it's been squashed!
The Baja California Beetle
Built to tackle anything the beach can throw at you.
The Baja Police Beetle
In case someone steals the previous one...
The Tank Beetle
The ultimate all-terrain car?
The US Army Jeep Beetle
One of the coolest customisation jobs we've ever seen...
The Modern Classic Beetle
Keeping it traditional even in the 21st century
The Beach Cruiser Beetle
Lowered with lidded lights for extra lazy steeze
The Hawaiian Soft Top Beetle
"Screw the canvas roof, let's build our own one from a grass hut and bamboo"
The Matte Black Beast Beetle
Lowered and matte black - this is the kind of Beetle a pimp would drive
The Camper Van Beetle
One of the coolest camper conversions we've ever seen - how good is that paint job?
The Sunset Strip Beetle
Perfect for cruising round LA
The Inside Out Beetle
How's that for a custom paint job?
The Pastel Soft Top Beetle
White and green, with chrome rims - a classic combo.
The Beetle and a Half
What do you do when you've got half an old beetle lying around? Simple, you turn it into a trailer for your Vespa...
The Hot Rod Beetle
Low, sleek and fucking flames down the side. What more could you want?
The Heavy Metal Beetle
It's black with black flames licking up the bonnet. Do Beetles get much more rock n' roll?
The Ocean Beckons Beetle
It's the car that just says "get out there and explore" isn't it?