Dick Dean was a custom car builder who managed George Barris’ famous Kustom City garage for a few years, and is credited for building (or helping build) TV cars like the Munster Koach, Dragula, the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty, the Monkeemobile, Death Race 2000 cars, and the Ghostbusters ECTO-1. In the late 1960s Dean launched his own line of custom dune buggies built on shortened Beetle pans, including the Shalako and Shala-Vette. This work eventually lead to Dean building the Bricklin SV1 with Malcom Bricklin, but I still think his best design is the strangely appealing (not appalling) Shala-Vette. Find this 1969 Shala-Vette offered for $13,000 in Madison, WI (along with a number of other classics being offered by the seller including a ’59 Morris, ’70 Siata Spring, ’69 DAF 55, and others).
In all my years to automotive meandering, I’ve never owned a Beetle. But if I did, it would look something like this next thing. I don’t mind the drop spindle look, the roof rack is ready for a Christmas tree, and the 10-foot paint doesn’t scare me in the least. But I’d probably end up installing a 2500 cc stroker motor, hacking off the fenders, and turning it into a Baja Bug before crashing it in the desert…so it’s probably best that I’ve never owned a Beetle. Find this 1966 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $5800 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
I first got a tip on this jet powered Volkswagen Beetle a few days ago and dismissed it because it was so stinkin’ expensive (I could almost buy half a SoCal starter home for that much cash…) but then it kept appearing in the tips box from various tippers (Matt V, Carter, Matt C, probably a few more), so…as they say; when in Rome, burn down your neighbor’s house with a jet engine. Anyway, this is one way to get a Volkswagen New Beetle to be remotely desirable, but I still think the turboshaft powered 928 was the best jet powered car, closely followed by the deathwish Turbolden Jetodore. Find this 2000 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $550,000 in Sunnyvale, CA via craigslist.
I have been watching some youtube videos recently showcasing Ken Block’s Hoonicorn racing against random cars in a drag setting. The Hoonicorn is a 1965 Ford Mustang converted to all-wheel-drive and sporting a twin-turbo 1400 horsepower V8. It is far from street legal, but it is not a drag car (it is purpose built for hooning) and to watch it stomp all over million dollar supercars is something special. Nobody (other than Ken Block) can afford the luxury of building his own Hoonicorn, but you can buy this next thing and get somewhere close for a fraction of the cost…maybe. It does have a boosted engine and sticky 315 tires all the way around, it’s only missing all-wheel-drive, a sequential gearbox, and 1000 additional horsepower. Find this 1971 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $5,900 in Antioch, CA via craigslist.
I’m not sure exactly what it would cost to build a vehicle that would be competitive at a official SCORE (So Cal Off Road Enthusiasts) Class 5/1600 race event…but I have to assume it’d be a lot more than the asking price on this next vehicle. But that is the way the chip crumbles in used racing vehicles, and the builder’s loss is the buyer’s gain. This Baja Bug is only an awesome racing paint job (flames? numbers? stickers? — yes, yes, yes) away from getting you evicted from your condo association. Find this 1969 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $10,000 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The seller of this next vehicle calls it a “Roaster” several times in the advertisement …which I at first thought must be a typo (Roadster?) but after seeing the car…I think it might be correct. It looks crazy. On the plus side, when you do get roasted by this thing, you won’t take your wife/kids with you to the great junkyard in the sky because it only has one seat. Find this 1968 Volkswagen Custom Roadster offered for $7,500 in Coulterville, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I’ve never had much more than a passing desire to own a Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle that wasn’t transmogrified into some kind of dune buggy or monster truck. I guess I’d prefer an earlier version because they have a more classic look, but the newer ones have more amenities and performance (today’s Beetle even has functioning factory stock A/C). This next one looks like a 1970s Super Beetle, but it is actually a Mexican import built in a factory in 1993. Amazing when you consider the type 1 design was first released in 1938. Find this 1994 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle offered for $7,900 in Delary Beach, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
One of my only automotive acquisition regrets is the time I turned down an offer for a free Volkswagen Beetle. It was actually two Beetles, but the parts were in boxes and the body was separated from the pan and my ability to assembled one working Beetle from the assorted boxes/bags/piles was questionable given the other projects I was also nursing along…so the Beetle went to someone else to store the pieces of another automotive jigsaw puzzle. However, today’s next feature seems like a much shorter putt to get your Vee-Dub itch scratched. Find this 1967 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $3,000 in Vernonia, OR via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.
I was going to apologize for posting yet another kit car on the pages of DT, but then I remembered two of my New Years Resolutions that weren’t obliterated by COVID19 — 1) I wasn’t going to apologize to anybody for anything and 2) I was gonna post more kit cars on DT. So, here is an unapologetic and enthusiastic feature for a Vokaro, the vokiest kit car you’ll see sitting on a Bug frame. Find this 1974 Volkswagen Vokaro Kit Car bidding for $4150 in Ogden, UT via eBay with 2 days to go.
File this next car under oddball because I’m not sure what to make of it. It is sold via Kijiji by an outfit that calls itself the Guild of Automotive Restorers in Ontario but they have nothing about the car on their website and the internet in general seems devoid of any info on the supposed 1970 Volkswagen Concept built by a California design firm. In fact, the only other reference I could find about the car was a posting on the Guild’s facebook page from 2017 of somebody named Billy trying to get the “VW Concept” running. However, it has some seriously groovy looks and could be an interesting auto archaeology project for someone with time to dig. Find this 1970 Volkswagen Concept Car offered for $5000 CAD ($3738 USD) in Bradford, Ontario, Canada via kjiji.net. Tip from MNMunky.