It consistently amazes me how much money people will drop into cars. I’m probably guilty of the same, but I’ve got the wherewithal to NOT count my receipts at the end of a lifelong project car. But the builder of this next Bradley GT put $40,000 into his VW powered kit car. It actually doesn’t […]
If you causally mention you have a Volkswagen Caddy, a normal person would assume you had some sort of golf sponsorship…but a not-so-normal person will ohh and ahh for they know how special VW’s front-drive water-cooled leisure activity vehicle (LAV…not kidding…that’s an actual marketing term). Today’s example needs some work before you can cruise around […]
Back before you could buy a Polaris RZR or any other big side-by-side ATVs, if you wanted to go offroad at a moderate rate of speed but feel like you were doing mach 1, then you had to build your own thing. You could start with some giant off road machine like a Bronco, but […]
The second generation Volkswagen Scirocco took the original Giorgetto Giugiaro design and stretched it into a car that looked less like a hatchback and more like a coupé. It was still based on the VW A1 platform shared with the Golf/Jetta and in the USA you could get an 8-valve or a 16-valve powered version. […]
A vast contingent of Beetle based kit cars are funny looking things with dumpy proportions and style decisions that betray the rear-engine origins. Todays next Beetle based thing, however, is a breed of a different kind. It has a long front hood section that wouldn’t be bad by itself, but the aero head rest elements […]
I never thought that these words would leave my fingertips, but this New Beetle looks cool. I guess I could have written those words about the turbine powered New Beetle that was featured last year, but that car was more terrifying than cool. But a lifted New Beetle with a TDI and 6-speed manual…that is […]
This next car comes as a tip from MNMunky who writes: Corrado in not so mellow yellow. Long time since I’ve seen 3 spoke alloys and not minded them. Criminally underrated car IMO. Find this 1990 Volkswagen Corrado offered for $5900 on the faceface faceface. From the seller: About This VehicleDriven 148,864 milesManual transmissionExterior color: […]
If this next car looks simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar, you are not alone. This car is a result of some international disputes that made Brazil ban (or make them really expensive) the importing of foreign cars for a number of years. The folks at Volkswagen got around the furrin car hate by building a factory (or two) in Brasil and eventually letting the locals design and develop their own cars. Nossa Senhora! This car is a Volkswagon of Brasil built type 3 that was designed by Marcio Piancastelli and it was given the nickname of Zé do Caixão (“Coffin Joe”) because of its boxy shape. This 1969 Volkswagen 1600L failed to meet reserve at a bid of $9800 (but will probably be back up for sale soon) located in Daytona Beach, FL.
The classic Dune Buggy is a shape that was formed in the 1960s to liven up the bleh shape of a stock Beetle and allow bigger tires. People have been making Dune Buggies from Beetles forever and they normally look like a Meyers Manx, but today’s Buggy looks fresh and futuristic…or at least 90s futuristic. Looks good. Find this 1968 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $15,000 in Anaheim, CA via craigslist.
olkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14 was launched in 1955 as a 2+2 coupe with Type 1 Beetle mechanical parts and styling by Luigi Segre of Carrozzeria Ghia plus a coach-built bodywork from Karmann. The Type 14 was cheap and affordable for years, but with the recent astronomical price increases on all things aircooled (Porsches…Hippie Buses…etc) the Ghia has been pumped up by these nefarious market forces. Anyway, today’s next Ghia isn’t free, but it has a decent amount of modifications to make to look tempting. Find this 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia offered for $12,500 in Aptos, CA via craigslist.