Amazng Photos of The Wrought-Iron Beetle, aka the Wedding Car – Design You Trust — Design Daily Since 2007

Amazng Photos of The Wrought-Iron Beetle, aka the Wedding Car


An unusual Volkswagen Beetle model featured a body made entirely of white wrought iron, complete with black vinyl upholstery and all its original gear from 1969.

Rafael Esparza-Prieto, raised in a family of blacksmiths in Mexico, earned his nickname “Blackie” from years working in the forge. At a local auto parts store in Zacatecas, he crafted a wrought iron Beetle to serve as a store sign. This led to a commission from Volkswagen for promotional use at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. His creations, known as “Wedding Beetles,” became popular at VW dealerships globally. After moving to California, Esparza-Prieto added two more to the total of approximately 23 existing Wedding Beetles. His unique design has inspired others to create similar versions.


Rafael Esparza Prieto
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