This Sleek Matte Black Volkswagen Beetle Roadster Could Be Batman’s Daily Driver

Who said beetles could only do cute?

This Sleek Matte Black Volkswagen Beetle Roadster Could Be Batman’s Daily Driver

It’s hard to imagine a VW Beetle ever being Batman’s vehicle of choice until you see Danni Koldal‘s heroic take. The auto enthusiast has turned a vintage Bug from the ‘60s into a menacing matte black roadster that’s worthy of everybody’s favorite zoomorphic vigilante—especially if he was hipster petrolhead from Brooklyn.

 

Koldal took a 1961 Beetle Deluxe as the base and gave the ride a minimalist look fit for the 21st century. The front windscreen has been trimmed down to form an aggressive straight line that starkly contrasts the beetle’s voluptuous curves. This new open-air design would no doubt allow Bruce Wayne to take a joyride on the right summer day.

 

Elsewhere, Koldal opted to remove the original’s signature chrome bumpers and fender-mounted turn signals for a pared-back feel. The mirrors, meanwhile, have been updated with torpedo-shaped variants that are small yet striking. The car has also been lowered just like a custom hotrod.

 

1961 VW Beetle Roadster

Danni Koldal/Instagram

 

Our favorite touch, though, has to be the big whitewall wheels, which recall low-riders of yore and offer a bad-ass complement to the matte black paint job. The interior carries on this two-tone colour scheme and features luxe black leather seats.

The dashboard is decidedly simplistic and sports only one gauge to display speed and distance travelled. There is also a radio and a handful of indicator buttons, but, well, it’s got nothing on James Bond’s DB5 in terms of toys.

1961 VW Beetle Roadster

Danni Koldal/Instagram

 

Should the custom ride retain the original’s four-cylinder, it would offer 40 hp. While this might sound like a rather modest amount of grunt for a superhero, the 1961 model was actually a vast improvement from the 1960 beetle. In fact, the factory delivered 27 improvements and some were rather significant, like boosting the engine, adding an all-synchromesh 4-speed gearbox and an ignition switch that couldn’t engage the starter motor while the engine was running.

No doubt Wayne enterprises could improve upon that.

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