Florian George performs shockingly ambitious restorations of Volkswagen vans, pulling old Kombis half-submerged in swamps and abandoned deep in the woods, then selling them under the brand Airmapp. Recently, he got word from a mushroom hunter of a 1955 model deep in the French Alps, investigated, and found a rusted heap that had been used as a shack. He ended up buying the wreck from the land owner (let’s hope for cheap) and started the process.
Helicopters are often called into extract the vans, but in this case George envisioned rolling the Kombi down its mountain home under the power of gravity. But then he thought, hey, what if? and so he brought up a spare engine and brakes and installed them onsite. Watch the video, below, to see what happened after that—it’s pretty darn cool. And for the full report on Airmapp’s discovery and more photos by George, go here.