Watch: 140% Scale Beetle is Happy Cruising in the Uncanny Valley

“The funnest thing for this is being on the freeway,” says Scott Tupper, the owner of a Beetle convertible that 40% bigger than a standard Beetle. “People just chase you to try to get next to it.”

And no wonder. Actually seeing this thing on the road with no context must be an oddly unsettling sight.

The inspiration for this creation was Tupper and his dad’s convertible Beetle, which they enjoy but is dwarfed by modern traffic.

“My dad and I thought it would be nice if we had a Volkswagen that was comfortable and not feel like you’re going to get run over in traffic,” explains Tupper. “We had a 59 Volkswagen convertible, we digitized it, scanned it everywhere, took it apart, and made each part 40% bigger on the computer.”

The resulting hulk sits on a Dodge truck chassis and is powered by the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 from a Magnum (it seems) which was good for 340 hp when new.

Overall, the build is really well done. The interior even looks pretty stock with Dodge instruments that slide down and out when the car(?) is running and a faux clutch pedal to make the interior really look like ’59 Beetle.