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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Star Wars Fans, Your Volkswagen Has Arrived

BOLD RIDE

 
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Back in 2011, you may remember Volkswagen’s famous Star Wars Super Bowl ad, featuring a teeny Darth Vader, a 2012 Passat, and an understanding father. It was hands down the most talked about ad post-game, but it wasn’t Volkswagen’s only tie in with Star Wars that year. 

There was also this—a 2012 VW Passat TDI, which comes covered bumper to bumper with a custom Star Wars paint scheme. And by paint…we actually mean Shaprie. The Passat was part of a Volkswagen and Lucasfilm promotion at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con. Over the course of the convention, comic book artist Ken Lashley adorned the VW with scenes and characters from the complete Star Wars saga. It’s stunning to say the least.

The car was later sold off on eBay to support of the 2011 Stand Up To Cancer auction, and interestingly that’s exactly where you’ll find it again.

 
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From a distance it’s a bit hard to grasp the intricate details and storylines that Lashley pulled into the design, but upon closer inspection—all the iconic Star Wars characters are there, and across all films too. From start to finish, the Volkswagen art car claimed the life of 36 Sharpie markers, and at the time Lashley wrote on his blog, “It was by far the craziest job I have ever done…and the most thrilling.”

After the car was finished, it is said to have been covered with multiple layers of clear coat in order to preserve the artwork. Unfortunately the roof art was slightly damaged after the car made an appearance at the 2012 SEMA Show, however the owner says Lashley was nice enough to touch-up the car and even sketched in a space battle scene on the roof in its place.




The 19-inch Rotiform wheels and H&R coilover suspension that this car wears aren’t said to be original, but the setup does provide a nice aggressive look. A peek under the hood will reveal a 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder diesel engine, which admittedly does mean this car falls within the list of vehicles affected by the VW emissions scandal.

Hoping to bid? May the force be with you…and the cash. The Star Wars Passat TDI asks an unanswered $74,999 opening bid, which likely makes it the most expensive 2012 Volkswagen Passat that money can buy.