In the latest episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” Jay plays host to a perfectly patinaed 1955 Volkswagen Beetle. Unlike some heavily worn Beetles, the car’s owner claims this wear and tear was earned over the years, but it was hidden under a couple of carefully removed repaints. Otherwise, the car is full of various period-correct accessories, like the windshield visor, side mirror and fog lights. On top of the preservation and period goodies, this VW received a full mechanical and a partial cosmetic restoration. Basically, it’s a beautifully restored VW Beetle, with a rebuilt engine and a restored interior but wearing a worn finish.
For tech-savvy readers, the owner, Matt Jacobson, might sound familiar — if it doesn’t, it should. He’s the eighth employee hired by Facebook, as well as an avid car collector with a penchant for VW. He’s owned VW buses, a Ghia Type 34 and a “Squareback” type 3 wagon.
Though it isn’t exactly an unrestored survivor, this Beetle perfectly captures the aesthetic of its era. The highly curated finish and care for preservation could be a defining characteristic of the 20-teens — restored, but not perfect.
Regardless, the Beetle above is incredibly cool, and Jacobson seems dedicated to preserving vintage tin. Check out the video above to see the Beetle’s whole story.