We’ve been critical of the Volkswagen Beetle in the past, mostly for its lackluster performance and tweedle-bleet exhaust note…no to mention sketchy handling characteristics…but that was before we found one with a Ford Mustang I-4 mounted out the back. Find this 1969 Volkswagen Beetle with Ford 2.3 liter inline-4 power for sale in Whittier, CA for $2,900 via craigslist.
What could possibly prompt someone to do an engine swap of such magnitude is beyond the comprehension of normal folk. Someone wanted to go faster would have used a turbocharged SVO engine, but the NA 2.3 liter “Pinto” engine was good for something around 88 horsepower in the late ’80s. Sure, this may be double the power/torque from the stock VW engine, but 88 ponies is easy to make with a stroked 1.8 liter V-dub engine without watercooling, high center of gravity or harmonic balancer protruding past the rear bumper.
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