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« on: February 21, 2008, 19:03:52 pm »

Anybody remember the influx of pastel-aqua cars from 80's? I always liked the color on Type 1's... not so much on KG's or Type III's.
I think a nice car could still be done in the color, completely shaved, maybe chrome headlight rims, early sunroof car (64-66), detailed 911 alloys (black recessed areas), right stance (dumped in front, stock or a notch lower in back), big bruiser cc IDA motor, dual can mufflers...

Any pictures of cars in this color? I seem to remember a hot-motored car from San Jose area, 1835, K8, featured in Hot VW's late 80's...

Please share any pics or thoughts. Help me re-live teenage years. (I can hear The Cult playing in the background)
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2008, 19:07:01 pm »

(I can hear The Cult playing in the background)

WOW! THAT brings back memories... She Sells Sanctuary was quite a song, back then. Sorry, but the cars that always impressed me the most were/are the simple cars like I see in the different generations of D.K.P. and many of the D.K.K. cars. To each their own. Carry on.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2008, 19:14:56 pm »

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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2008, 19:32:23 pm »

Race Car look is ok... I can like the aggressive look as long as the car has the testosterone to back it up.

But nothing is better than a good sleeper.

<Cue Fred to talk about Joe's car>
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2008, 19:47:07 pm »

Summit Racing Catalog... HAHAHAHAHA!!! Thanks for makin' me spit water everywhere, Jim. Good one. Thanfully, I had the sense to put down the breakfast burrito. Agreed on all points. Maybe someone will post up some of those aqua looks that you want.

<Cue Fred to talk about Joe's car>

Joe? Whom of which are you referring to, my friend? My roommate's old cars? Which one? He owned many nice aircooled VWs. The red '66 Sedan sunroof was the best sleeper he ever had. Too bad that we don't have any pics of it. Picture a stock red (Ruby?) car all original and kinda weathered. He kept the stock salt & pepper wheels and hubcaps. The only thing that suggested the car was modified was the dual FourTuned exhaust and Klebčr tires. He and my other friend, Dave Purnell, built a highly potent 1955cc 48IDA engine for that thing. GOOD TIMES! Later, we put the same engine in Joe's ratted out Type 2 Bus. I think it was a 1971 Westfalia and it was powder blue. Funnier than hell watchin' the looks on peoples' faces as we merged onto the freeways. HAHAHAHAHA!!!

Anyhoo, back on topic; soo... you're not referring to this as the aqua look, yes?

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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2008, 20:03:59 pm »

Your roommate and also DKK member Joe  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2008, 20:05:10 pm »

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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2008, 20:16:42 pm »

where are the memories and pics of old aqua-colored sedans?

I tried to do a search of some pics for ya... nothing came up. Oh well.
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2008, 20:24:12 pm »



Any pictures of cars in this color? I seem to remember a hot-motored car from San Jose area, 1835, K8, featured in Hot VW's late 80's...


i know a blue bahamas convert featured in the late 80's with 1835  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2008, 20:24:40 pm »

not wanting to get off topic, but yeah that album (Love) was the Sh!t, as was the next album... with Love Removal Machine, etc on it...can't remember name of album.

The Cult Electric. Remember driving this car back then. Kind of a crummy pic but anyway.

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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2008, 20:52:23 pm »

i can think of one at the moment but i have to look up in which book i saw it... it was a light blue (bahama blue) car and a yellow ghia in the feature. the bug was awsome (isn't that and 80's word??? like hella   Grin ) and it had a nice little palmtree etched in the back window. all subtle but real nice and those special square mirrors i like those a lot.

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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2008, 20:54:19 pm »

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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2008, 21:20:56 pm »

One cool Aqua Looker here:
http://cal-look.no/lounge/index.php/topic,2138.msg26469.html#msg26469
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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2008, 21:57:40 pm »

well jim i thought about posting something similar, but when i read your post it seemed a bit pointless. i was thinking about the fact that in the late 80's not a lot of callook cars (by a stricker defenition) were made anymore. a lot of customtricks that are really dated now were used. but now and then there were some real callookers that would pop up and get a feature. but in the late 80's there was also a rebirth of the original callook tradition that made its appearance. by this i mean DKPIII. those cars were not mainstream at that point. now these sorts of cars are more common and seen on the streets and at shows. but i can imagine a car like Bill's coral red bug, not winning a best of show award as it wasn't radical enough (another 80's word  Grin)
the thing i wanted to know is, if this idea of mine is true? how big was callook in the late 80's and early 90's. i always think we are just a small part of the whole VW/aircooled hobby, but nowadays largely known. but callook did have quite a different 'look' at that time. and if you have some really cool insight on the matter send it to uncle Keith as i think he is after this period as well in his soon to be published book  Wink

 
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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2008, 22:43:17 pm »


Yes good example! I still enjoy looking at that article. Cool car!
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« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2008, 22:58:43 pm »

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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2008, 23:00:11 pm »

 Cool not cal look but nice car  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2008, 23:05:08 pm »

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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2008, 23:11:41 pm »

those one are turkis green vw color  Roll Eyes , similar or not as an aqua color Huh
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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2008, 23:21:04 pm »

Personally I don't consider Bahama Blue = Aqua.  My car is Bahama Blue and I never thought of it as Aqua.  It is not blue enough, has way too much grey in it.  Just my opinion.
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« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2008, 23:25:05 pm »

aqua look like more very clear green , here in europe we call it " vert d'eau " (water green)
like the one on the report thta was the twins 66 now 13 years ago
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« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2008, 23:34:15 pm »

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« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2008, 23:47:02 pm »

What a great pair of DKK cars, where are they now?
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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2008, 23:52:08 pm »

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the cars I remember were very much different, no window trims, one piece glass, more of ultra-marine or mint-green color.

I know what kind of look Ratto's talking about. I couldn't find anything on the 'Net. Used to see 'em all over So Cal in the mid to late '80s. This picture that Stephan S. posted on the other thread is the closest I've seen:



Tod Fuller's '65 Bug comes kinda close... but no. I remember them having either no bumpers or same colored ones. No chrome anywhere, either.


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« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2008, 00:03:18 am »

I always dug this one!   Cool
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« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2008, 00:05:06 am »

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the cars I remember were very much different, no window trims, one piece glass, more of ultra-marine or mint-green color.

I know what kind of look Ratto's talking about. I couldn't find anything on the 'Net. Used to see 'em all over So Cal in the mid to late '80s. This picture that Stephan S. posted on the other thread is the closest I've seen:



Tod Fuller's '65 Bug comes kinda close... but no. I remember them having either no bumpers or same colored ones. No chrome anywhere, either.




That's the look. Dead on. I would do a few things different, but generally, that's it.
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« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2008, 00:59:58 am »

80's Pleasanton California

Cal Look VWs & Bikini Contests

I liked the look of this vert (pastel color)


More 80's... met this bikini contest chic  Grin


Oh and that is Jim's car in the back ground  Grin

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« Reply #27 on: February 22, 2008, 01:04:29 am »

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« Reply #28 on: February 22, 2008, 01:28:42 am »

forget Jim's car..........I want to see more girls  Tongue Tongue Tongue
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« Reply #29 on: February 22, 2008, 01:30:44 am »

forget Jim's car..........I want to see more girls  Tongue Tongue Tongue

i thought for sure you'd be mullet spotting.

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