ABOUT US

Hello, my name is Rick Paris and I am the creative director at PARIS BEETLES. The business started in 1988 but my love affair with Volkswagens began in the 1970's with the "HERBIE" films, which seemed to cement the little cars place in history. Although I was too young to do anything about it at the time, later in the 1980's I bought my first VW Beetle and began customising it and with a background in mechanical engineering and upholstery, I started the business several years later.

Word of mouth was key back in pre internet days and once people saw what I had created, they asked me to do the same to their Volkswagen Beetles too and the rest is history,

We started off converting the Volkswagen Beetle saloon into soft top cabriolets and people loved them. We then manufactured a D.I.Y. kit for the VW Beetle, for customers to fit themselves and it proved very popular and easy to fit. Since then we have added further products. The VW Beetle Vinyl sunroof kit was born and added to our range, they proved very popular. Then about 18 years ago we began to see a real up swell of interest in the Volkswagen T2, the standard bus and the Campervan.

Until then we had not had much to do with the VW T2. The Splitscreen Bus was already the darling of the enthusiasts but slowly the VW Bay window bus was getting a toe hold in peoples hearts too. Customers who owned VW Beetles were also starting to buy the VW Bus. They were beginning to ask us if we could adapt out smaller VW Beetle sunroofs for the VW Bus and also the Campervan. So I bought my first bus and took a look. After several prototypes and testing we had another winner and the sunroof for the VW T2 BUS has been our most successful product. It has been sold to happy owners in dozens of countries and in all climates too.

Many thousands have bee sold, the last time I counted it was well over 5,000. In the early days we fitted them
too but quickly the demand for the D.I.Y. sunroof kit meant that we had to stop the fitting. More recently
as owners of the high top Camper wondered what to do with their crumbling fibreglass high-tops, they quickly
realised that we could supply them with an easily fittable custom sized vinyl sunroof kit that would fill in
the old hole. It solved the problem and gave them the Samba look they had always wanted too.

Enjoy the website and if there is any questions that you have just drop me an email,
thanks for reading.

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