QUICK 1641 CC FLAT 4, SCAT CAM, CLOSE-RATIO 4 SPEED, 4 WHEEL DISCS, STANCED!!!
Cool VWs have been around as long as there have been hot rods, and this 1966 Volkswagen Beetle has an awesome California look that's instantly retro and contemporary. With a strong-running engine, a wicked stance, and all the charm that makes VWs so popular, this slick little Beetle gets a lot of things right.
The two-tone paint certainly gets attention and makes the very affordable Bug look a lot more expensive than it is. Finished a few years ago, it shows quite well, although up close you might find a few blemishes that are probably inevitable after a few years of cruising. But that also means you can get in and drive without worries, and that's the kind of car we like best. The curved shape of the Beetle with a crease right down the beltline makes an ideal candidate for the two-tone treatment, and it uses an airbrushed silver stripe to divide the two. Painted bumpers that were tucked in close to the body and modified to clear the deck lid, a visor, and Euro headlights give it a unique look without erasing any of the original design, and it's worth noting that all the fenders are still steel. Neat accessories like the rear-view mirrors mounted on the hood sides, headlight cages, and fog lights add some interest and out back the deck lid has been modified to help keep the warmed-over engine nice and cool. No major changes, just a few tweaks to create a totally unique look.
The interior takes traditional hot-rodding cues and applies them to the tidy VW. Factory low-back buckets wear custom seat covers in tan leather, and matching door panels were stitched up to complete the look. Tan carpets, bright orange trim, and an original steering wheel help blend old and new without calling attention to the work. The original speedo and gas gauge are joined by a trio of aftermarket dials and a big tach under the dash and a custom shifter manages the 4-speed manual gearbox. There's also a modern AM/FM/CD stereo in the center of the dash, custom billet handles and hardware, plus a little fan under the dash to help keep things cool inside. UP front, there's a very nicely finished trunk that continues the black and orange theme and includes a new gas tank for safety.
The engine is a rodded 1641 cc flat-four, air-cooled, of course. There's a Scat cam inside, dual carbs up top, and an electronic ignition system, giving this VW some genuine performance. It's nicely dressed, but not over-done, sticking with a few well-chosen chrome pieces and a satin silver air shroud to serve as the background. It starts easily and runs great, as you'd expect from an engine built to this level. A custom header feeds a robust exhaust system that sounds aggressive without losing that distinctive VW whistle and there's an auxiliary oil cooler to help control temps. The close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission shifts better than any VW in our recent memory and you can see that it's quite clean underneath, with a nicely preserved pan and lots of new components. 4-wheel disc brakes are quite welcome and the narrowed and dropped front axle gives it that raked stance that works so well. 15-inch EMPI wheels look suitably vintage and carry relatively fat 195/60/15 front and 215/65/15 rear performance radials.
Great-looking and surprisingly fast, this custom Beetle delivers big fun in a small package, and that includes the price. Call today!
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Leather Seats
- CD Player
- AM/FM Radio
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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