A few weeks ago, a friend who is moving contacted me about an old rack that was sitting in his house. This rack had been on his Dad’s ’62 and ’68 Beetles in the ’60s and ’70s, but he happened to keep the rack even though the cars have moved on.
Intrigued, I went over to his house to investigate. The only marking I noticed in the dim light of the parking lot was “HWE”, and some searching on TheSamba, eBay, and Bing found me info about HWE Type 2 racks, but nothing for our venerable Beetles. I started a thread on TheSamba to find out about pricing, as I didn’t want to rip off my friend (or be ripped off if it’s a repro!).
I decided to buy it, as I really liked the Load Capacity sticker on it.
After I got it home and cleaned it up a bit, I did find a stamped VW logo with Made in Germany beside it!
I’m still not sure about the provenance of this particular rack, but I think it looks great. Cherry stained original wood slats, the German-style warning sticker, and the galvanized-look metal all seem to fit right in on Felix.
Anyone here know anything about it? I’m super-thrilled to have what seems to be an authentic German rack up top, but I’d love to know more about it.