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9th March 2023
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Patina Volkswagens: Updated & Revised Edition

Please run this release immediately, with the following header – Patina Volkswagens – Updated and revised edition


This updated and revised edition includes 67 new images, with updated photos of builds from the first edition and cooler, fresh builds featuring more Volkswagen Beetles. Also included is a brand-new section on the builds of patina Volkswagen specialists HR Autoworks.

Since the early 2000s, the apparent explosion of interest in Volkswagens with original paint, rust and patina has inspired a generation of car fanatics, who might not be able to afford to restore a car to show condition, but still want a good looking, cool car that will stand out from the crowd.

Once looked upon as being in need of restoration, cars with original paint, rust and patina, especially within the global Volkswagen community, have gradually become far more popular than restored cars. When walking down a line of cars at a car show, it’s easy to see why; these cars are rare, unspoiled survivors – cars that tell a story of an interesting and varied past.

The look of the Volkswagens being built in this style is so honest, unspoiled and characterful, that it has begun to inspire the media; even Hollywood movie stars and celebrities. Whilst this has undoubtedly resulted in increased car values, and turned a brand of cars that had always been a cheap, honest mode of transportation into something cool with a high price tag, the generation it initially inspired has grown with the hobby, and produced a micro-industry that still manages to embrace the 'Built not bought' ethos.

This book, superbly illustrated with stunning colour photographs, takes an inside look at some of the key car builders, dealers, celebrities and hobbyists, as well as the different styles of build, meaning every single car has a style all its own.

Foreword by Drew Pritchard of TV’s ‘Salvage Hunters’ fame.

Patina Volkswagens by Mark Walker

ISBN: 9781787119277
UPC: 6-36847-01927-3


£30.00(UK), $50.00(US), $65.00(CAN)

• Explains what constitutes a patina Volkswagen
• Explores what made air-cooled VWs so iconic
• Presents the reasons why the Patina scene has become more popular than the restored car scene
• Explores the history and evolution of the Patina scene
• Looks at the specialist dealers, professional car builders, hobbyists and A-list celebrity owners
• Looks at car preservation, not restoration
• Updated and revised with almost 70 new photos
• Updated images of builds from the first edition
• New section on the builds of HR Autoworks


Mark Walker bought his first 1964 VW Beetle at age 16 before he could legally drive. Over 25 years of VW ownership and over 100 air-cooled Volkswagens have now passed by since that point. Mark was the owner and operator of The Bus Station (2002-2013) and Vintage Werks (2006-2007) – both companies heavily immersed in the VW scene that were known for importing classic Volkswagens from around the world, carrying out sympathetic restoration work. They also gained an international reputation for out of the box thinking, high-quality suspension modifications, and turning out magazine feature worthy cars. The success and popularity of his business earned him the nickname ‘Slam King’. Mark has written for Volksworld and Camper & Bus magazines since 2012.

Place of birth: Leeds, UK • Hometown: Southsea • Nearest city: Portsmouth

V5927 • Paperback • 25x20.7cm • 160 pages • 318 colour and b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787119-27-7 • UPC: 6-36847-01927-3
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