The buggy from the early Hot Rod days now still is available as a kit !
You can build this tough buggy yourself on an old pré-1970 Beetle chassis.
You can choose the style and give it your own personal touch ! Its low
weight (± 550 kilograms) and its low gravity point make this buggy glue on
the road in a way which can be compared to a kart.
Hot Rod started its activities as a car company in July 1978. The business in
those days mainly was buggy-building and garage company. In 1981, they started
their own fiberglass department. From then on they developed, designed and
produced parts e.g.: (Climate) Buggies, (roadharmony) VW-kits, spoilers, wide
mudguards, interior parts, etc.... The component - and accessory business
becomes more and more important.
Besides VW-chassis components and buggy accessories the demand for "ordinary"
Beetle-components also keeps growing.
Secondware, a sister-company, which specialized in used Beetle-components,
Beetle trade, plate work supply and restoration, starts in 1984.
In 1985, Hot Rod got licensed as an official Apk-teststation.
1988 is an important year with a lot of changes. The fiberglass department got
launched as an independent company (Holthausen composieten BV) and Hot Rod
builds a new place on the Leigraafseweg.
Six years later both shop and warehouse already became too small again. In 1995,
they build an extra modern warehouse with 2 floors.
Hot Rod now is the largest Beetle-warehouse in the Netherlands.
Out of pure hobby interest their drag race team arises in 1996, and this is also
the start of their own race department.
Several years with spectacular races against time and material follow. They
developed a lot which was desired by other racers as well.
Since 1999 Hot Rod reenters the field of complete restorations and creates a new
standard with the Hot Rod Classic® line.
Friend and enemy were happily surprised by the high quality and a nevertheless
reasonable price tag.
Also in the millennium year 2000 several milestones were reached. The location
of Secondware stands in the way for a new destination plan. Plans to move to
another location were made and then rejected again. And the end of 2000 they
reached a decision. Secondware will be closed. Most of the activities such as
plate work supply, chassis restoration and second hand Beetles move to the Hot
Rod establishment on the Leigraafseweg. It all becomes somewhat more tightly but
there still is some unused space left .....
With the establishment of its own settling in the Czech Republic, 2001 is yet another
Phase 1 of 3 ready, a complete chassis restoration workshop, specialized in
Beetle and Bus, is in business.
HOT ROD Doesburg
6983 BR Doesburg