The Mulholland look and its place in History
It has come to my attention that the most significant trend in VW history is missing from TheSamba dictionary. Mulholland look. You may be asking Mulholland look? What is that and why is it the most important trend in VW history? Well my friends, today you are in for quite a treat, today I, with the help of another expert in the field Prof. Uzi; BDM, are going to teach you the intricacies of the Mulholland look in all of its forgotten and too often brushed aside glory. It is our goal through writing this documentary that Everett will no longer ignore this trend and add it to TheSamba dictionary (see picture below), where it will reign forever as the look of looks.
The Mulholland look started as a joke between fiberglass companies
in the early 1980’s. These companies were looking for a spoof of the Volkswagen
beetle to make it look like a fancy, expensive sports car that frequented the
era. At first the fiberglass companies would keep to themselves, believing that
if these modifications ever hit the market they would be labeled as fools and
go out of business. So instead most of them just left the beetles in the garage
and focused on building paddle boats and housing insulation. But no, there was
a company out of Florida, for all intensive purposes we will refer to this most
horrific company as CCC, that took it one step too far. Underestimating the
power of the public, they released a fiberglass project beetle at a show, probably
BugJam, and for some reason (Cocaine) the trend started to take hold.
The look grew slowly, nobody wanted to just push forward and do something plain awful. So it began with simple modifications like fiberglass fenders and perhaps a pastel paint job. But after a little it turned into a shoving match. All the companies who had once kept quiet started to release their monsters to the public. This is where such travesties as the Whale tale, running boards that fade into side scoops, fat slots, and Vega headlights and taillights became popular.
While this look had its grace period during the 80’s and
was short lived, probably due to the intense amount of pussy anyone driving
a Mulholland beetle would get, quickly producing numerous kids and forcing the
sale of the beetle, it should not be overlooked. Today, while scouring junkyards
for early cars it is easy to spot the Mulholland look due to the entire center
section of the car rusting away yet the car staying intact from the immense
amount of bondo, fiberglass and dry wall tape used to hold these vehicles together.
Prof. Uzi; BDM has been involved in the VW scene for quite some time and was there for the Mulholland look through its glory days. Prof. Uzi can remember going to shows with a tub of fiberglass and being able to craft while sitting in the swap meets, just fiberglassing to his hearts delight. I asked Prof. Uzi what the most intriging aspect of the Mulholland look was, his response "the mulholland look signifies a landmark achievement in automotive styling, much the way flo-bee revolutionized hair styling ".
To sum up this whole Mulholland documentary I will leave you with a simple question that may be pondered until the end of time, Is it coincidence that Mulholland and Mullet both have the same pre-fix?
Special thanks to Hazetguy for support with photos, Prof Uzi; BDM for his detailed history of the trend, and Thesamba.com for giving VW history a true home!
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