Design & Architecture

A Man Turned Vintage Volkswagen Beetles Into Awesome Minibikes

We want one of our own!

The Volkswagen Beetle is iconic with its bright colors, rounded body shape and headlights that look like eyes. With pop culture references like “The Love Bug” and “Herbie Fully Loaded,” the car type has become famous both on the road and on the big screen.

To keep the cars on the road, Brent Walter has been taking those vintage Beetles and repurposing them into minibikes he calls “Volkspods.”

How did he get started? He became inspired when he stumbled upon some fenders in his Hunting, Indiana, shop and decided to use the material to practice butt-welding (don’t giggle; this is a technique by which two pieces of metal are joined on the same plane). He already had plans to weld light-gauge sheet metal into a ragtop (the folding material for a convertible), and he decided that playing around with the fenders would allow him to perfect the technique.

What he eventually found was that by melding two front fenders and two rear fenders, he had created something quite striking. With a bit more tinkering, the Volkspod was born!