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 homepage - More info about volks rods and other VW styles