Year of realization
Ondřej Brom sr
Since Volkswagen Beetles first entered mass-production in 1941, it was evident to everyone involved in this project from the beginning of the reconstruction, that rebuilding a 1941 KdF Type 60L would be very complicated.
There is almost no visual material from the first year of production and not even blueprints, unlike cars from the prototype series. There are many photographs of pre-production cars as well as blueprints.
Early on in the reconstruction process the idea was born to document the entire demanding process of searching and reconstructing, and to record all the information in the form of a book. A book, a record in time, which will preserve all of the challenging work, not only for me, but also for future enthusiasts of these beautiful cars.
In the book we documented everything from the moment we discovered that it was a car with a numbered body. We were so excited to discover that numbers 1—19 didn’t exist or were not yet known about and were waiting to be rediscovered. The book will take the reader to the archives of post-war Czechoslovakia while searching for the history of the car and especially for its first owner, the Berlin operetta composer, Paul Lincke.
The reconstruction process will be shown completely openly, including both the parts which were successful and those which had to be redone for the reconstruction to be as faithful as possible to the period in which the car was manufactured.
Designer of a book
In this section we would like to publish interviews with people who were involved in the reconstruction of the car. We are honestly very happy to do this because these people are not just craftsmen but almost artists creating a technical work of art.
Fist we would like to introduce Mr Jacek Krajewski, the owner of the Polish WW2VW workshop where the entire reconstruction took place. Jacek was actually the catalyst for finding Paul Lincke’s car and at the same time became a partner for the whole reconstruction.
The second person is Tomek Sobkowiak from Vintage Volkswagen Service in Poznan, Poland. Tomek contributed to the reconstruction of the car with all the electrical equipment and cabling.
Jacek Czechomski, an employee of WW2VW, is the third intreviewee. Jacek literally put the car on its wheels.
Last but not least are Kamil Groskrejc a Maciej Markiewicz who took care of the excellent painting of the car.
Owner of the Polish WW2VW workshop
The reconstruction of the car was done with big attention to detail. The same attention was also with the design and producing of the book. The book in large format was printed on high-quality paper with perfect offset printing (high-quality printing) and it was bound in hardcover with black canvas with silver embossing.
The same lavish attention that we paid to the reconstruction of Paul Lincke’s car was also naturally paid to the contents, look and feel of this book. The book is large size with over 350 pages where you can find, in addition to text, more than 250 professional studio photographs. We will also publish scans from the archives documenting the history of the car for the first time in the history.
The A2 magazine in number 8 in 2015 described the issue of books distribution and points out how extremely unbalanced the book market environment is. It analyzed the practices of booksellers who, thanks to a consignment sale, carry almost zero risks. For their 'service', they claim the majority of the price of the book. The author shares the rest with the publisher, editor, illustrator, translator, and photographer. Often, the remainder is even lower than the amount of the tax for the state on the sale of the book.
Why should we give over 80% of the price of a book we've been working on for more than four years to someone who doesn't share our business risk with us?
Isn't it time to leave these old structures out of the process?
The Kickstarter platform is an effective tool for publishing a book on its own. Applicants will financially support the project during its creation and thus ensure a sufficient budget necessary for the realization of the project. The Kickstarter takes 8% commission for mediate this service, it is so tempting that wasn't over to think about it.
We chose the following procedure. Use the campaign to create a community of potential buyers, which we then target with our Kickstarter campaign.
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