(1975 Volkswagen Beetle)
The Volkswagen Beetle has been an iconic car for generations. Its distinctive shape and style make it instantly recognizable, and it’s beloved by car enthusiasts all over the world. Jeff Ferri’s 1965 Volkswagen Beetle, nicknamed “Salty Dog,” is a perfect example of why these cars are so beloved.
Ferri’s inspiration for the build was his family. He wanted a car that he could enjoy with his wife and kids, and that would fit in with the beach theme that he loves. The car has a classic red paint job, with wood grain graphics that give it a vintage surf vibe. The interior is just as impressive, with custom door panels featuring beach-themed airbrushing, and a stereo system that packs a punch with 12-inch woofers and a thousand watts of power.
Under the hood, the Salty Dog is powered by a 1965 Volkswagen engine, with a 110 cam and other modifications that make it a joy to drive. The car has a 2-inch drop with spindles and air shocks all the way around, which gives it a low and mean look.
Ferri’s love of Volkswagen cars goes back more than a decade, and he’s been building them for years. He’s a member of the Air-cooled Hooligans, a club dedicated to preserving and modifying classic Volkswagen cars. His previous ride was a 94 Nissan hardbody lowrider, but he’s now fully devoted to the Volkswagen scene.
The Salty Dog has a rich history, having been traded from Georgia to South Carolina, and then to Ohio, where it currently resides. Ferri credits his buddy John for getting him into Volkswagen cars, and his friend Jimmy Shadd for helping him build the motor and going through the whole car.
As for the future of the Salty Dog, Ferri has plans to turn it into a rat rod, which should give it an even more aggressive and unique look. With its classic style and one-of-a-kind design, the Salty Dog is sure to turn heads wherever it goes. It’s a perfect example of why Volkswagen cars are so loved and will continue to be cherished for generations to come.
Owned by: Jeff Ferri
Photos by: Nick Means