A 1958 Volkswagen Beetle + The Garage in Stuart Florida + West Coast Customs + Will.I.Am = a beautiful pimped ride to the tune of $900,000. Will.I.Am and West Coast Customs and The Garage in Stuart Florida started working on his custom ride in 2009. In 2009, the Beetle was given to Austin Weiss at The Garage in Stuart, FL. The intent? Create a So. Cal Speedster. “Will originally wanted a twin turbo Porsche flat six in the back,” Austin told us. But then Will called Austin six weeks into the build.
According to the Jalopnik website, “Six weeks before the 2011 Super Bowl, Austin got a call from Will: He wanted the car on stage during the Black Eyed Peas’ Half Time show. “I needed at least six months to finish the build. There were a ton of details that still needed to be sorted out,” Austin told us. Will insisted and then said West Coast Customs said they could finish the build in six weeks for $100,000. At this point Will had already spent $400,000 with Austin to turn the car into a rolling menagerie of different ideas. Austin worked on the car for those six weeks, but, like he had already told Will, wasn’t able to get it done. Will took the car out west and gave it to WCC, where Austin says WCC told Will they could have built that car start to finish in eight months. West Coast Customs and The Garage have also partaken in a bit of a war of words over this and other customs. Like any shop battle (think Paulie Jr. vs. Paulie Sr. on American Chopper) it’s a “he said/he said” battle that neither party can really prove. This car might be analogous to Will’s creative process. He sees something he likes, then keeps changing it for months and years on end. Then it never gets done and you get something like I Got A Feeling, except this time in car form. ”
Read more on the process here: Will.I.Am and his $900,000 car.