And one example from 1972 is currently up for sale.
The Volkswagen Beetle is undeniably one of the most recognizable cars in the world, and for good reasons. However, one owner decided to dissect an iconic design in favor of looking like a Rolls-Royce. Were the quirky modification works done cleanly? We will let you decide on that.
If you somehow happen to fancy the car, you may be delighted to know it is for sale. Based on the listing found on the Facebook Marketplace, the 1972 Volkswagen Beetle comes with a gasoline engine, a manual transmission, and an odometer reading of 50,000 km (31,069 miles).
That is significantly low for a car manufactured five decades ago. The age does show with the damages seen on the soft-top fabric and stains on the seats. Apart from those, the vintage Beetle dressed up as a Rolls-Royce seems to be kept in good condition.
The front and rear sections have been extended to give off an RR silhouette. But the biggest giveaway for the inspiration is found on the hood, which mimics the British luxury automaker's signature Spirit of Ecstasy. Interestingly, there is a reason for the build that we in the stateside wouldn't have probably guessed.
According to reports, this modification kit for the good old Beetle is used for weddings in Italy. It is not as smooth sailing as it seems, though, as Rolls-Royce once filed a lawsuit against A&A Fiberglass in 1976 for copying the styling of its models. The automaker won the case, but some are still on the road, including this listing.
The 1972 Volkswagen Beetle is offered for €9,500, or $10,057 in current exchange rates, in Palo de Colle, Puglia, Italy. This is a cheaper way to own a Rolls-Royce (at least something that looks like one) compared to fetching the brand's entry-level model, the Ghost, which starts at around $340,000.