The car pictured above looks like a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle at first glance, but it’s not. Sure, it has Beetle parts, but it’s more C4 Corvette than anything from Volkswagen. It’s turned up on the wonderfully strange world of eBay with a Buy It Now price of $17,000 and zero bids at the time of writing. This is easily one of the most oddball project cars we’ve seen recently.
The seller says a custom steel tubular space frame was built for this car, with bodywork nine inches wider than a stock Super Beetle stretched over it. Front and rear suspension are carried over from the C4 Corvette, as is the fuel injection system for the 5.7-liter, 400-horsepower V8. Interestingly, this Beetle’s front lid hinges near the bumper, rather than at the cowl as in a regular Beetle.
Inside, it very much looks like someone stuffed all the bits from a C4 Corvette into a Beetle body to hilarious effect. Big fender flares house 16-inch wheels wrapped in a sporty set of tires. The seller claims there’s no rust, and the build quality looks professional.
Original Beetles have long made a great platform for modification, but this is one of the most extreme departures from the original we’ve seen. This would surely draw a sizeable, if confused crowd at any local Cars Coffee.