This style is inspired by the American Hot Rod culture. As the Deuce and other Fords from the 1920s and 1930s, the Beetle is a very popular car to customize and it was only a matter of time before someone was to turn one into a hot rod.
The Rat Rod is closer to the Classic Hot Rod from the 1950s and 1960s. Some of the most common features are:
- No fenders
- Flat Black paint with some white or red pin-strip. The Rat Rod can have surface rust.
- White wall tires on red wheels
- A chopped top
- The Beetle must be droped
This combination makes the Beetle look mean as a '33 Ford would in the same style.
This style of VW customization is also known as 'volks rods' or 'dracula bugs'.
Volksrods.com - Volksrods homepage
TheGoldenBug.com - More info about volks rods and other VW styles