This is my first VW, a 1976 VW beetle 1200. Got it well preserved, with only 48K Kms. In the late 90s, I used it as a "guinea pig" for chroming and gold plating. Quality of the process turned out to be so high that even nowadays all galvanized parts are still immaculate with mirror like finish.
Idea was to keep all the original parts, and make just a small, reversible modifications:
ATS 15" alloys with 195R15/65 tires
Shaved side trims
Original running boards were replaced with custom made stainless steel
"Grant" steering wheel with matching adaptor
Today, it has 75.000km (46.000 miles) on the odo, and still is in great condition. Most of its time spends in the garage, but occasionally can be seen on VW events in the region.