The Volkswagen Beetle is an iconic and cult classic automobile. Its timeless design has been built and modified in a multitude of ways, but somehow there are still those that manage to separate from the status quo. One of those people is Mike Unland.
Mike’s 1959 Karmann Kabriolett was built with a philosophy of fusing old school with new, aiming to create a nice blend of styles while maintaining the foundation that made these cars so special.
With the return of Daylight Savings just days away, it almost feels as though summer is upon us here in California, despite being mere days into the beginning of March. We’ve forded the frigid 55-degree winter nights, and the worst of winter’s beautiful sunny days are behind us in favor of equally pleasant spring afternoons.
Revived from an era in racing when record-keeping was as loose as the rule sets that governed the cars we know and love. This particular Vasek Polak-owned 2002 first graced the pages of StanceWorks wearing BMW’s now-historic M colors; a colorway never found on the car in its youth. After poking and prodding, the Alpina roots of the car were discovered, and a full-on restoration began to restore the car to its former yet foremost glory.
Words and Photography by Riley Stair
“How do we become the people we are today?” This is a question I ask myself often.
In September, HRE Wheels unveiled the Classic Line, harking to the best designs of the ’90s. When asked if StanceWorks had any candidates for a first set, we knew just what to do. After wrapping a set of 309s in Nitto Invos, we mounted them to Jeremy Whittle’s E38 StanceWorks project build. Under the fluorescents of Downtown Los Angeles, we did what we do best once again.
We’ll let the video do the talking.