Seven months of long, cold nights in the shed was all it took for Martin Wiedman to transform his paddock find '61 Beetle deluxe into this smart, neat street cruiser. His motto of low, slow and clean has been meticulously crafted into this early Käfer example, with a number of subtle, hidden modifications to bring it all together. Such a sweet street machine belies Martin's early Beetle paddock bashing days as a twelve year old, but it was his mum's '72 Beetle that he regularly borrowed that set him on the straight and narrow to one day restore his own. When he initially approached the owners of the farm where the Beetle sat forlorn, their immediate question was what he intended to do with it. Although they had no real plans for the bug, they were hesitant to release the car into the hands of a young teenager if it meant seeing the Beetle destroyed.


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