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Old June 23rd 2020, 13:19
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I think posting some current photos of your car as it sits might help, but I think you're probably correct that your car has that "Beetle with Porsche wheels" look. Given that you can't afford to paint the car, some of the usual suggestions like removing the trim, aren't going to help you out any. So let me focus on some ideas that you can do at a much cheaper price:

Backdate your bumpers - The bumpers on your car are very 'heavy' looking, especially with both the plastic end caps and the rubber trim strip. I would consider backdating to a '69 bumper, and I'd also consider powder coating them black.
Blackout ALL your chrome, replace your mirror - Hood handle, turn signal tops, doorhandles(?) and side mirror all appear to be chrome still. Black them all out to match your trim and headlight rights. On the mirror, consider putting a more modern mirror on the door, perhaps on both.
Stance - You're riding high, about the same height as I run the rally bug. Lowering the car further is going to help quite a bit with the look. I'm a little shocked at the difference between the Rally Bug and my German look when they are sitting side-by-side. Lowering is going to take some work, and you could run into tire rub issues depending on what you're running. If you post up what you have for suspension modifications, brake setup, the wheel size, offset, and tire size we can chime in and give you some ideas of how bad the rub might be, and how you might avoid it.
Wheel colour - I was surprised at the difference between the silver twists on my lastest project, and how it looks with them in graphite. Darker wheels will help them blend into your ride better for sure.

'71 Type 1 - Rally Project
'58 Type 1 - I bought an early!?!
'73 Type 1 - Proper Germanlook project
'68 Type 1 - Interm German 'look' project
'75 Type 1 - Family Heirloom
'93 Chevy 3500 pickup - Cummins Swap
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