If you’re a fan of the old Herbie films, you’ll quickly recognise the VW Beetle. At White’s Bodyworks, we were happy to see this 1967 model come onto our forecourt for restoration and repair. It’s a quintessentially European vehicle and that is still seen on our roads today.
Older models such as this require a good deal of expertise, not least because of the rear engine that is a unique feature of the brand. The good news is that our team have a great deal of experience delivering renovations and repairs for a wide range of vintage vehicles.
More About the VW Beetle
Volkswagen were pioneers of the ‘people’s car’, a vehicle that was readily affordable. The first models were produced in the 1930s. It’s distinctive shape and design became a popular choice in the late 60s and 70s with a peak in 1971 when 1.3 million Type 1 cars came off the production line.
You won’t be surprised that there is quite a popular classic VW Beetle owners club in the UK and they regularly meet up at various classic car events around the country.
How White’s Bodyworks Can Help With Your Vintage Beetle
It’s important if you have a classic car or motorbike to find a garage that actually knows what it is doing when it comes to repairs and restorations. The last thing you want is to give your vehicle over to someone who doesn’t understand what is required.
At White’s, we always discuss what work needs to be done and what the challenges might be whenever a classic car comes like the VW Beetle comes to our garage. We have fully equipped facilities and the expertise to match and we can handle all kinds of work including renovations and resprays.
That long-standing expertise is one of the main reasons why classic car owners come to us again and again for the work they need undertaking, whether it’s a minor dent or ding or something bigger like a full restoration.
If you want a garage in West Sussex that you can rely on to deliver 100% of the time, contact the team at White’s Bodyworks on 01273 933633.
It is not just classic cars that need restoring. Many of the cars that we are asked to repair are contemporary cars that have been involved in a crash. Unfortunately accidents will happen and even the most careful driver can be involved in one.
This unfortunate Golf Mark 5 GTI may have been the hottest of hot hatches a few years back but now gave way to the coolest of breezes thanks to the sorry state of its side door. It came to us as an insurance job following an accident. The car’s owner had heard of our rather generous offer to pay at least £100 of the excess for any insurance work we undertake on vehicles and with stripped down costs to face asked us to start stripping that damaged door out of the Golf.
We set to work removing the outer door skin which was damaged beyond repair. We could now fit the new outer door skin onto the door. Precision is required here as you must line up all the door gaps for a perfect, evenly spaced fit.
photo 3Once the door and gaps are all looking perfect the damaged sill section can be cut off and a new one fitted. Again everything must be perfectly in place and when it is it can be welded to the car. Some careful cleaning up and grinding later and the welding is almost invisible to the eye but the application of some fine filler to mask any minor imperfections gives it that perfect factory finish. The new sill can now be sprayed with stone chip protection for durability before it is primed and painted to match the exact original colour of the car and surrounding panels.
It is now impossible to tell that the car has been in an accident or see where the repairs have been made. All that is left is for us to replace any trims that have been removed and present to the happy owner one as new Golf Mark 5 GTI ready to go.
There’s something about the old VW Camper Van that elicits memories of the late 60s and the age of flower power. It’s an elegantly simple vehicle and one that is still seen on British roads today. This classic example came to our garage for some restoration to the bodywork, a respray and some other repairs.
This is the type of camper van that was seen in large numbers around the world, including the UK and US in the 60s and 70s. For a vehicle that was so widely mass-produced for the ordinary public at large, it’s no surprise that it was so popular.
More About the VW Camper
The VW Camper actually dates back to the late 1940s, with the first model being launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1949. Like the VW Beetle, the camper van/bus had the iconic rear-engine but the first models were actually buses rather than camper vans.
The ‘early bay’ or VW camper model that we often see on UK roads nowadays went into production in 1967 and marked a radical redesign in style and engine. Innovation continued until the last VW came off the production line in 2002.
Vintage Vehicle Restoration and Repair at White’s Bodyworks
When it comes to any classic car or something like this VW Camper, it’s important to find a garage that has the right facilities and plenty of expertise. That’s something we can be confident of at White’s Bodyworks in West Sussex. We’ve built up a reputation over the last few decades and that’s one of the reasons why classic car owners specifically seek us out.
We are able to carry out a range of restoration, repair and renovation work for your vintage vehicle. We work closely with all owners to make sure that their expectations are met. Classic cars are a passion for our team and you’ll often find them at local vintage vehicle events.
If you have a classic car and are searching for a garage you can rely on, contact the team at White’s Bodyworks on 01273 933633.