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.
Do you know what car on the road is slower than a vintage Rabbit diesel? Nothing. These things make the Benz 240D feel like a cruise missile…and I should know because I owned one a few years back. The non-assisted steering setup is surprisingly easy to turn — probably because the tires are borrowed from something with a banana seat — and feedback is communicative. Don’t worry about the fact that the car doesn’t have traction control, because even the most vigorous clutch dump in damp conditions results in smooth traction…trust me…I should know…because I owned one. To call the Rabbit diesel glacially slow is an insult to glaciers because they actually move — call it Washington Monument slow, because this Rabbit is probably in the exact same spot these pictures were taken despite the best intentions of a team of drivers…trust me…I should know. Despite all that…I still have fond memories of that pile of German metal..and get that narcotizing waft of nostalgia when I see this 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel offered for $5900 with 2 days to go, located in Lynwood, WA via eBay.
You put the boom boom into my exhaust (hoo, hoo)
You send my soul sky high when your engin’ starts
Glitterbug into my brain (yeah, yeah)
Goes a bang-bang-bang ’til my headgasket blows
But something’s bugging you (ha-ha, ha-ha)
Something ain’t right (ha-ha, ha-ha)
My mechanic told me what you did last night (ha-ha, ha-ha)
Left me sleepin’ in my van (ha-ha, ha-ha)
I was dreaming, but I should have been drivin you instead (ha-ha)
Rev’ me up before you go-go
Don’t leave me riding on the bus-yo
Rev’ me up before you go-go
I don’t want to miss this 1962 Volkswagen Glitterbug for $5500 in FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I made the mistake of watching a video about a new car the other day…yeah…I know…I’m not supposed to like new stuff because new stuff is lame, but I watched some faceless German guy go 153 mph on the autobahn in a Mk 8 GTI and I thought to myself…they’ve made something past the Mk 6 Golf…have I been in a coma? Ouch. I pinched myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming, but apparently Volkswagen has been upgrading their models and from 2012 through 2019 they made the Mk 7 Golf and today we’ve got a 230 horsepower GTI model with an APR tune that should be good for 261 horsepower and 317 ft-lbs of torque. Find this 2013 Volkswagen GTI offered for $12000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.
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.
I have to admit that I’m not looking forward to the electric future. Yes, gasoline powered cars are inefficient, hard to operate safely, and pollute…and are eventually going to be replaced with super efficient Teslapplefacegoog cPods (TM) but I’m not looking forward to being zipped around on the electric superhighway in something that reports my serotonin levels to the Bene Gesserit. If I’m going to drive something powered by electrons, it’d better have a steering wheel and look like it is ready for Mad Max 17, Mel Gibson’s Revenge. Find this 1977 Sterling Kit Car converted to electric bidding for $6950 in Sparta, NJ via eBay.
The Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle is a famously cheap car to drive around…probably because the engineering is simple, parts are cheap, and everything is fixable by a DIY mechanic. Things don’t change much when you raise it 50 feet in the air and put disc brakes all around to make it a Baja Bug…except that it […]
This next triple feature comes as tip from Zach Z who writes; Which runt would you pick the of this ~$4k, early ’70s ragtop litter? We’ve got a 1975 MG Midget, a 1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle Ragtop, and a 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL (that comes with a parts car). From the MG seller: 1975 MG Midget Runs […]
I was watching some sort of big box streaming service on the tele the other day (how much longer can we go without live sports or a new season of the Grand Tour…?!?!?) and I stumbled upon a little gem starring the short guy from Top Gear — a show called Richard Hammond’s Big. Many […]
This next car comes as a tip from SecondMouse who writes: For some automobile enthusiasts, there is a special interest in sporting wagons. That interest often grows if we are talking about German cars, and it goes up a bunch if the vehicle in question is a honest-to-goodness manual transmission. Here is one that might […]