Welcome to Dude's 58 Ragtop Resto


Welcome to the website of Dude, and the long time restoration of my 1958 (1959 model) Volkswagen beetle.

I've always loved VW's, and have tinkered with them for years. In the past I have built and drag raced a 1969 bug, running on aircraft fuel and nitrous, as well as working on milder projects such as my wife’s split screen camper van. Although I loved drag racing and the race car I built (click for more info), I got frustrated that I could only use the race car on the track, about 6 times a year, and when it was dry (a rare occasion in the UK!). My preferences for VW had also changed with age, as I hankering for an earlier car, with a Golde ragtop, done in a period cal-look style.

Thus I decide to build a cal look road car, with a reasonably fast engine that could be used on the road. The remit of doing it was that it was to be a usable car, that anyone could drive, and I think I have achieved this. Anyway, please feel free to look around the website, and I hope you enjoy my restoration.

UPDATE: Since finishing the car it has been taking to the 2015 Volksworld show where I won the Best of Show, and to VW Action where not only did I run a personnal best time of 13.6 at 96mph in the car, but I also won 'The most Beautiful VW in Europe'!. I really couldn’t believe it and to say I'm over the moon is an understatement! :D For more details see the newly added 'news' section.