Now anyone that knows my general automotive tastes knows I appreciate stock looks, or even what I like to think of as “stock plus”, a style often done in some custom restoration by such shops as Kindig It Design or Fantomworks. I like to think of it as maintaining the integrity of the original design, but improving on some of the mass production weaknesses inherent in factory work. Taking the car down to the bare bones and building it back up with the best foundations to make it like it rolled off the assembly line… only better.
Now the “plus” part for me in “stock plus” allows for some leeway in things such as color, tires, handling, basic improvements in engine performance, or safety improvements. Most of the things in the plus category are often hidden under the stock appearance, but in no way detract from that original look.
And I’ll be the first person to tell you that “you paid the money for it, do what you want to it” but sometimes I just cringe at certain automotive enthusiast styles.
And then I came across a pic of someone’s Beetle that is a quadfecta of sins for me.
I just do not understand this car at all.
There’s lowering a car a bit to change some of the suspension/steering geometry to improve road handling and then there’s slamming!
I just do not understand the appeal of this at all on any car.
I especially despise it with the low profile wheels and tires that have become more common over the last 2 decades.
I just do not understand this one either. I have friends who love patina hot rodded pickups. It just looks like a rusted mess to me.
Negative Rear Tire Camber
Now there are some very functional instances of having some negative rear camber, and even Murbella has a bit of it.
But then there’s this whole “severe negative camber” as style thing that just looks so… so… ugh! I don’t even have words for it.
Total eye and ear sores.
There. I got that off my chest.
I try my best to not be “that douche” when it comes to the social media boards and I would never tell someone their personal choices in their vehicles is ugly. It is their car… do with it as you must.
But there are some things I will just never understand the appeal of.