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The Volkspod: VW Beetle Fenders Get Second Chance as Minibikes

While cruising through the Hagerty blog, we came across some very ingenious minibikes that we just had to share.  It’s not every day that you see something repurposed in such a creative and clever way.

We have seen a lot of crafty carts and imaginative scooters in our day.  Especially when you attend larger car shows like Goodguys where there are acres and acres and rows and rows of classic car eye candy to see.  There are plenty of Cooler Carts, vintage mobility scooters, and even electric classic cars for the kids to tool around in.

If you have plans to head to a VW car show, then we have found the ultimate car show cruiser.  It’s called the “Volkspod” and they are being built by a very inventive young man from Indiana.  Brent Walter from Huntington, Indiana is taking fenders from iconic Volkswagen Beetles and turning them into minibikes.

Basically, this cunning craftsman removes all four fenders off of old VW Beetles, melds them together to create a symmetric shell, and then mounts them to a minibike chassis.  The first bike built is powered by a 79cc Volkswagen engine that that drives the rear wheel via a chain drive.  The second bike build received a livelier 212cc engine.

While checking out Brent’s Instagram account, @walter_werks, we learned the new Volkspod has 6.5hp and 13” tires.  The bigger tires give more ground clearance for riding in the grass.  The fenders have been fabricated so that a headlight and taillight can be mounted and the Volkswagen badges on the front were sand casted by Brent as well.  You can see there is a lot of “handmade” pride that goes into these minibikes.

The shells have both been painted with vintage VW colors and then had a handlebar and a saddle seat attached through the fender to the frame which pretty much made them ready to ride.  A few more details like rakes, a kickstand and footrests finish them off nicely.

We can only imagine how much attention one would get cruising the lanes of a car show on one of these.  If you want a Volkspod for yourself, we suggest you get in touch with Brent for any future sales opportunities.  Brent appears to have started a 3rd frame, but if you read through his social media comments, you can see there is a long line of wishful buyers.

Check out some great pictures of the builds and final products from the @walter_werks Instagram page.

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