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Giving your 356 identity

By |May 9th, 2011|Categories: Porsche Wonders|

We all know that the 356 Porsche is a head turner, but what can one do to give it that unique identity? Here at Aircooledwonders we believe in keeping our cars as original as possible, but this doesn’t mean that you cannot spice things up by adding modifications from that era. A good example is to compliment the car with something as simple as a few period stickers. No harm done and easy to change back. After all we own these cars to enjoy them. They become part of us, something you get recognized by. It is more likely that people will remember your car instead of your name. How often have you heard “that guy with the silver speedster …”? Here are some reversible changes that were tastefully done by Exclusive Conversions. […]

1963 Dormobile

By |April 18th, 2011|Categories: VW Wonders|

The first sensation that runs down my spine when entering Vaalplasie, is that of classic camping, and what better way to confirm this feeling than finding dozens of rare and unique VW kombi’s proudly contributing to the atmosphere on the banks of the Vaal River. […]

Casheri Stables

By |January 31st, 2011|Categories: Porsche Wonders|

Casheri stables might not house any thoroughbred horses, like the name seems to indicate, but instead you’ll find some classic horsepower, and a lot of it. This stable’s door first opened in 1994, when Clive Winterstein rolled in his first of many beauties, a 1962 model 356 B cabriolet named Liesl .This was just the start of many great classic cars that soon followed.  Clive might tell you that he loves all classic cars, and believe me he has more than a desirable collection, but it doesn’t take long to recognise that his first love is 356 Porsches. […]

My 59 Air Cooled Wonder

By |January 17th, 2011|Categories: VW Wonders|

This here is my partner in crime and I love it. We’ve seen so much in our lifetimes, from sunrise at the Wild Coast, to endless sand dunes on the West Coast, to the Southern most point in Africa. In short, we’ve seen most of what Southern Africa has to offer, together. It all started on 18 June 1959, when my grandfather […]

Werner’s Biography

By |January 16th, 2011|Categories: Werner's Biography|

On the 15th of April 1957, Werner Alker started his apprenticeship at the Volkswagen agent in Cologne. Under the guidance of a Mr. Damme, 250 apprentices started, but only 200 would remain after the first three months. Soon enough, they all found out that the first year would only consist of doing basic filing, the handling of a hammer and a chisel, welding, blacksmith work, and all the other basic skills required.  Amazing!! All this, without even working on a real car in the first year! Once their basic training was over, they were finally issued mechanic’s overalls, and were [...]


By |January 15th, 2011|Categories: Werner's Tips|

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5YknsEPeBE The Beetle was never intended to be a Rolls Royce, rather to serve the working class. Over time, Beetles earned the reputation of being reliable, economical and long lasting. What I’m talking about, is the post war years before 1961, when car makers where struggling to make it in the marketplace. However, there where shortcomings. Some inherited by design, others by manufacture or even poor service. In this article we are going to take a look at some of these problems. To solve problems you need solutions, not excuses and advertising propaganda is like pulling a sock over one’s head.   There are facts. […]

Welcome to AirCooledWonders.com

By |January 3rd, 2011|Categories: Main|

This site is created for all you air cooled enthusiast, who cannot resist the feeling that you get, when cruising along endless open roads with wind blowing through your hair. Whether this is a daily habit or a weekend addiction, nothing can stop you from enjoying one of the world’s unrivaled wonders. Our aim is to bring the stories behind as many of these beauties, for everyone to enjoy and dream about and also to capture the history behind as many of these cars as possible in South Africa as well as around the world. We would love to hear [...]