A story about a great quest to renovate and uncover the history of the 1941 KdF (VW) Beetle chassis number 20. A story about searching in the archives of our turbulent modern history. You will learn about every important detail of the car’s reconstruction from searching in the archives of post-war Czechoslovakia, through the in detail reconstruction process, to the first ride of this gem.
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Ondřej Brom (the owner) video
Since Volkswagen Beetles first entered mass-production in 1941, it was evident to everyone involved in this project from the beginning, that rebuilding a 1941 KdF Type 60L would be very complicated.
There are almost no visual materials from the first year of production, not even blueprints (unlike cars from the prototype series). Early on in the reconstruction process, the idea was born, to document the entire demanding process of searching about the history of the car and reconstructing it, to record all the information in the form of a book. A book which will preserve all of the challenging work, not only for me, but also for future enthusiasts of these beautiful cars. We documented everything from the moment we discovered that this car is chassis number 20. We were so excited to discover that cars with numbers 1–19 don't exist or were not yet known and were waiting to be rediscovered. The book will even take the reader to the archives of post-war Czechoslovakia while searching for the history of the car and especially for its first owner, the Berlin operetta composer, Paul Lincke.
The reconstruction process will be shown completely openly, including both the parts of the car which were successfully repaired and those which had to be re-made for the reconstruction to be as authentic to the period in which the car was manufactured.
We have chosen the Kickstarter for this project because we want the book to remain exactly as it is. We don't want a publishing house, who would pay for the publication, to interfere with our freedom while creating the book.
We want the book to attract readers who will be interested in the first half because they like beautiful design and history as well as those who will get the edges of the book dirty with engine oil while repairing or renovating their own car.
A lot of accompanying materials were created in order to make this book — mainly photos & videos. In order to recover all the costs invested, we need to raise at least € 33,000. Everything above this limit will be an encouragement for us that the energy we put into this project wasn’t wasted and these funds will be invested into another, for now secret. Project which will lead to an interesting publication again.
You can find interviews with people who were involved in the reconstruction of the car in this section. We are honestly very happy to do this because these people are not just craftsmen but almost artists creating a technical work of art.
We would like to introduce Mr Jacek Krajewski, the owner of the Polish WW2VW workshop where the entire reconstruction took place. Jacek was actually the catalyst for finding Paul Lincke’s car and at the same time became a partner for the whole reconstruction.
The second person is Tomek Sobkowiak from Vintage Volkswagen Service in Poznan, Poland. Tomek contributed to the reconstruction of the car with all the electrical equipment and cabling.
Jacek Czechomski, an employee of WW2VW, is the third interviewee. Jacek literally put the car on its wheels. Last but not least are Kamil Groskrejc and Maciej Markiewicz who took care of the excellent paint job of the car.
What the others said or written about us
You can find interviews with two celebrated Volkswagen collectors and a list of articles which were written about the car in this section.
The first is Christian Grundmann from Germany, who supported us greatly during the reconstruction of Paul Lincke’s car. Many details were discovered only because of Christian’s willingness to share his experience, visual materials and technical drawings. To understand Grundmann’s importance in the world of old Volkswagens, you just have to take a look at his collection.
The second important collector of vintage Volkswagens is Richard Hausmann. As soon as you enter his new museum you immediately find yourself in an amazing Volkswagen workshop from the 1950s. We were fortunate enough that Richard agreed to have his 1943 car photographed. You will see these photographs in the KdF 1941 book.
You will find a list of media from around the world which have featured our story here:
ONDŘEJ BROM: SAVING NUMBER TWENTY (heritagepartscentre.com) – EN
About the book
The same lavish attention that we paid to the reconstruction of Paul Lincke’s car was also naturally paid to the contents, look and feel of this book. The book is large size with over 350 pages where you can find, in addition to text, more than 250 professional studio photographs. We will also publish scans from the archives documenting the history of the car for the first time in the history. The book is bilingual Czech/English.
How to get involved
The easiest way to support us is sharing this project with your friends. And of course, we will be very happy if you like our Facebook page where you can find even more content.
If you find our project documenting the history and reconstruction of this awesome car interesting enough that you would like to support us with more than just the price of the book, we will be very grateful. And because we would like to reward you for the additional funds, you can choose from the rewards below.
We are very grateful that you have read this far and think that a final word from Ondřej Brom, the main man behind the project and the owner of the car, will make a fitting conclusion.
Risks and challenges
The risks are minimal because we have already printed first 800 books. We've invested last four years of our time and energy to this project and Kickstarter allows us to sell you the book for fairer price than via classical distribution. You can get this book much cheaper than ever after.
Price of the book here on Kickstarter is just 90€. Later it will cost minimally 120€ (plus shipping and distributor's share).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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