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July 27, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

What floats this boat

Volkswagen Boatwagon.(Lot #34520/Bringatrailer.com)

It can be yours! 1973 Volkswagen Boatwagon.(Lot #34520/Bringatrailer.com)

Even fantasy has to be grounded in reality

This Florida looker is, well, what some of Florida can be on occasion: a flirty promise of paradise when it’s really something of a Frankencar.

But It has LED light strips down the sides that gives your choice of 22 colors in multiple patterns!

That makes up for everything.

Glitz rules.

Ok. The car’s transformation history.

  • 1973. Just your ordinary yellow Volkswagen Beetle.
  • 2015.The Beetle body discarded; a fiberglass Chrysler Conqueror “hull” with custom metal flake paint and custom engine cover/hood derived from a Pontiac Firebird came aboard.
  • But wait! To make it their fanciful own, a 1967 Rover donated the front seats. No disrespecting any passengers relegated to the back with a wrap-around rear bench from a 1969 Ford Thunderbird.

This is traveling in style. It’s just so beachy keen.

Actually Volkswagens have hit the waves before. During WW II there was the German converted Volkswagen Schwimmwagon (which apparently came with standard equipment paddles to use in reverse or steering).

Interior of Volkswagen Boatwagon.(Lot #34520/Bringatrailer.com)

Shabby, not! Metallic vinyl with marroon piping. Wood paneling and a rocking music system – like you’ll need anything more to attract attention as you cruise along.(Volkswagen Boatwagon interior/Bringatrailer.com)

Somehow the vehicle is spot on for this whacky COVID year: everyone who is anyone is rediscovering road trips.

Nothing could be as trippy as driving this down Route 66.

For dogs or bored kids, what fun putting your paws on the passenger wheel and grinning as those you pass try to guess who is driving the darn thing!

No word if picky HOAs could protests this if docked in front of your house or in your driveway between trips. That alone might be worth the purchase price.

Summer’s not over!

See more here about instrumentation, sound system, and suspension (with added air shocks – it tends to bottom out sometimes on land…but who doesn’t?)

How could you not feel like King of the Road or a reincarnated Ester Williams Marilyn Monroe (Some simply not destined to be water babes) in this boat out of water?

Come on people. Let’s find this little puppy a forever home.

Auction closes Thurs July 30.

Some illusions illusions deserve to be kept.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

 

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  1. shoreacres / Jul 27 2020 6:59 am

    I’m speechless. I’m torn between “WTH?” and “I gotta have that thing!” I loved reading through the comments on the auction site. Now, back to reality.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 27 2020 7:11 am

      If only there was room in the garage! Aren’t we already for a little fun now? People need to lighten up – taking everything way too seriously. We need more like the guy that took his llama to the protest with the sole purpose to defuse things a bit. If entertainment/sports could return to making people smile, that might help too….meanwhile, the lakes will be crowded. Thanks for floating out a comment

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  2. Littlesundog / Jul 27 2020 7:25 am

    I was taken with those wheels… can’t say I’ve seen any like those! My favorite comment from the auction site comments, ” ‘Why?’ Because this is America!! I love this crazy thing.” The American flags are a nice detail!

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  3. Ally Bean / Jul 27 2020 7:32 am

    That was a VW Beetle? Oh vey, how far it has come. I like that kind of illusion, too. I was thinking of Esther Williams this weekend, so how wonderful that you posted the video. Thanks.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 27 2020 10:59 am

      Everyone into the pool. Now that’s entertainment (and escapism – not such a bad thing.) Thanks for diving into the free swim of smiles.

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  4. pensitivity101 / Jul 27 2020 9:00 am

    Shipping might be a problem.
    Wonderful clip. She was amazing.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 27 2020 10:56 am

      No worries over rising docking fees with this one.
      Swimming through those vintage films is such splashy entertainment – nothing but joy and fun as the message (and one badly needed)
      Thanks for diving in with a comment

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  5. Anne Mehrling / Jul 27 2020 9:57 am

    What a dreamboat! I will CARry it with me in my head.

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  6. robstroud / Jul 28 2020 12:11 pm

    Years ago, when when building models was a major passtime for young boys, I constructed a schwimmwagen, and it’s sibling, a kübelwagen. I was amazed by the concept. Never ended up owning a VW, but would purchase either of these if I could afford one.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 28 2020 2:00 pm

      Did you save any of those models? Hope so. (Whew – talk about tedious work.)
      VWs were actually a good car choice here long ago – the originals floated very well – and people used to just get out and shove them down flooded streets. They were also popular ti see how many college kids you could stuff inside one. Fun things just create more fun. Hope you’re hanging in there and doing well. Thanks for piecing together a comment for here

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  7. Curt Mekemson / Jul 29 2020 3:34 pm

    Time for the age old question: What floats your boat? Having just spent the week body surfing and learning to use a boogie board, I am all for things that float. With tropical depressions and hurricanes hitting your area, I’d definitely want one of those cars in my driveway. Now for another question: What is Tom of Tom and Jerry doing floating around with Esther? Enquiring minds want to know. –Curt

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  8. disperser / Jul 29 2020 7:20 pm

    That needs the horn of a Narwhal stuck in its prow.

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