Exterior Color: Red
Model: Beetle - Classic
Interior Color: Tan
Number of Cylinders: 4
Drive Type: rwd
Hilton Head, South Carolina, United States
This is a very special car that has been loved and pampered by it's owner who has had it for the past ten years. It was a pan off restoration that was done in the late 90's and then later the engine was up dated to a 1776cc for more comfortable cruising. It has been won every show it has been in! The restorations was done by a now retired restorer of Vintage VW's, his work is still considered to be of the highest quality. The interior is a Subtle Vinyl door panels with matching seat covers. The carpet is double looped carpet that matches the interior beautifully. All interior knobs and handles are high quality chrome and ivory. The rear view mirror is original and had been restored, it has that swing down mechanism that is inherent to VW's. It also has an AM Radio with original knobs and antenna. There is a temp gauge, correct turn signal and headlight switch, etc. The convertible headliner is the correct white for this period. The convertible is tan with matching boot. When the restoration was done all the heater channels were restored and it was converted to a 12 volt. All the fenders and bumpers are original and were triple chrome plated. They still look stunning! Since these pictures were taken the owner has replaced with eyelids over the lights. He since has installed European Halogen sealed beam for better lighting and LED directional and stop light function. This could easily be changed back to original. The owner also has the birth certificate from Germany. He hates to part with this beauty! it really is the best of both worlds, it has the look of the original but is updated tastefully so it is also a blast to drive. It is a really head turner out on the road! I have to say I would love to have this one for myself! Please call Tammi if you have any questions, (916) 606-5687. For more pictures please visit google tlcclassiccars Thanks for looking!
You may remember the name Franz-Josef Paefgen. Until recently, the German engineer and executive was head of both Bentley and Bugatti. Before that he was chief executive of Audi, after working for several years at Ford. He technically "retired" earlier this year, but like the cars he helped create, an executive like Paefgen could never really retire. So it should come as little surprise that the Volkswagen Group has named Dr. Paefgen head of its Classic program.
In his new capacity, Paefgen will oversee the historic automobile activities of the entire VW Group, including those of Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda, Audi, Lamborghini, and of course Bentley and Bugatti. It strikes us as a suitable semi-retirement for the man responsible in no small part for the Bugatti Veyron and Bentley Mulsanne, to name just two, and who was decorated in 2006 by the ACO as the "Spirit of Le Mans" for his contribution to endurance racing. Read the official announcement after the break.
General Motors released its first quarter sales figures this week, reporting that it sold 2.36 million cars and trucks worldwide. That figure represents an increase of 3.6 percent when compared to the same period last year. GM's growth was attributed to many factors, including global Cadillac sales that were up 26 percent and Chevrolet posting a one percent increase over last year (this marked Chevy's tenth straight year of record global sales).
Volkswagen came in just behind GM, as the German automaker reported global sales from January through March at 2.27 million vehicles, an increase of five percent when compared to last year. While that number was strong, VW is cautioning that markets outside China and the US, such as those in Europe, are becoming a challenge as economies falter.
Yet to report sales is Toyota, current holder of the global world sales crown (the Japanese company sold 9.75 million cars last year, against 9.29 million sold by GM and 9.1 million vehicles sold by VW). Even though GM and Toyota both say they don't care who sells the most units, it is unquestionably a strong bragging point and sales equate to revenue. That said, Toyota will report its first quarter numbers next week.
There's torque steer and then there's what we'll from now on dub "The Boba," as in Boba Kettler. The German tuner has a way with the Volkswagen Golf, and the MkI example you see above has been touched with 736 horsepower - that's right, 96 more ponies than a new SRT Viper, all trying to get to ground through those two front wheels.
The 2.0-liter, 16-valve engine has an 8,800 rpm redline and is aided by a Garrett GTX3582R turbocharger shoving 50 psi through the internals. Other upgrades include a new ECU (natch) and a six-speed 'box among other treats. The rubber is Toyo R888s - street-legal competition tires. The result is enough smoke for three Chinese New Years when the lights go green. Indeed, the standing start isn't its forte, but it can apparently get from 62 miles per hour to 124 mph in five seconds.
Watch it go in the video below. And know that this isn't even Boba's best work; he's got a 900-hp MkII Golf that'll do 0-62 mph in 2.3 seconds.