VW-Powered Wishbone Concept Up for Auction

Sometimes custom cars go just a little too far. But where’s the fun in that? If you’re going to step over the line, go all the darn way over. Like this one. The Wishbone. Built (and then rejected by) one of the biggest names ever in custom cars.

The Wishbone comes from the mind of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Creator of Rat Fink, and cars that were shoe-ins for Hot Wheels and Revell model kits. Cars like the Beatnik Bandit and Mysterion.

Wishbone was built using a Volkswagen air-cooled flat-four engine, and probably a Beetle chassis. But Roth wasn’t a fan of the completed car. Maybe because this one was a bit too extreme even for him, what with those pedestrian skewers mounted to the nose.

The selling listing says that Revell didn’t like it either. They couldn’t replicate the spindly front suspension bits for a scale model. So Roth asked for the car to be cut up and disposed of. But one team member wanted to keep it.

At some point in the 1990s, the car resurfaced and was sold to the Tupelo Automobile Museum. The museum opened in 2002 but is now closing. So the collection, including this VW-powered one-off, is being sold.

via Bonhams