Find of the Day: 1971 Super Beetle V8 Swap

Is it butchery or genius? Today’s Find of the Day walks the line. This 1971 Super Beetle kind of isn’t a Beetle anymore. It has a 400 hp Chevy small block, Corvette suspension and driveline. Not only that, but it’s a whole 9(!) inches wider than a standard Beetle.

The ad says that it was built professionally on a custom tubular steel frame. It has a Chevy 350 crate motor, with a tuned port injection system, Dana 36 rear end, 3” dual exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers, and it sits on 16” aluminum wheels.

The interior got the same treatment, with pretty big speakers, all new upholstery, and new switchgear.

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As is to be expected, the wheel arches are massively flared and from the back it kind of looks good. The side profile is a little odd, though, because of the modern wheels.

Despite that, it isn’t… monstrous. You definitely notice the modifications, but the result isn’t gruesome. It actually looks kind of fun, though that is subjective.

There isn’t much information on when this build was done, but judging by the interior (details like the CD player) it’s a safe bet that it’s a few years old.

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According to the seller, who is from Tampa Bay, Florida, the car has 49,000 miles on it and comes with air-conditioning, cruise control, and power locks, windows and seats.

The best thing, though, by far, is that the whole build is just how conceptually silly it is. Anyone who wakes up one morning and decides to build a front-engined V8 Beetle must have a sense of humor. And so must anyone who buys one, but everyone likes a guy with a sense of humor.

The current bid on this rolling celebration of German-American relations is $17,200.

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