5 VW Based Kit Cars We All Love
Volkswagen was a popular platform for kit cars!
Volkswagen Beetles were a popular platform for kit cars, and there was no shortage of companies churning out their own iterations of the popular small car. Quirky and obscure cars have always appealed to me, and VW based kit cars are the crem de la crem of obscure and quirky.
A Bradley GT
The Bradley GT, like the rest of the cars on this list, was a kit car based on a Volkswagen platform. This particular car is based on a VW beetle. It is powered by a 1600cc flat flour paired with a 4-speed manual. The flat four was the same as the stock car, producing 57 horsepower. The GT weighed just 1,600 lbs when completed. They were produced from 1970 to 1981. An estimated 6000 were made.
The Bradley GT was a very DIY and informal vehicle. For example, it was based on a VW beetle, but used the windshield from a 1963-1967 Chevrolet Corvette. The car was extremely cheap, costing on $2,000 at the time in 1970, which adjusted for inflation is about $13,000.
So, there's not a ton of information available for the Vokaro. It's a VW based kit car (obviously). The earliest I could find is 1967, and the latest one I could find is 1981. Luckily for me and you, the people of BringATrailer are basically an encyclopedia of obscure car knowledge, and one of them was gracious enough to dust of his 1977 Complete Guide to Kit Cars in the comments, and posted some awesome facts.
According to All_Things_Italian's kit car guide, the car was $895 new in 1977 ($3,750 today), and the average assembly time was 80 to 100 hours. The kit is comprised of 5 parts: an inner cockpit liner, two fiberglass seats, and a windshield frame that can fit a Karman Ghia windshield. That's only 4, but apparently that's what the guide to kit cars said. Upholstered seats were an $89.95 option, as was a convertible top for an extra $295.
Ah, the Meyers Manx. When you think of the dune buggy , this is what pops into mind. A small, dinky little buggy meant for the dunes, and meant for fun. B.F. Meyers and Co. made them from 1964 to 1971, and they too were based on the beetle. They dominated the dune racing scene, and eventually, some were made to be street legal, such as the one pictured above. The car had a slightly modified beetle frame.
The Brubaker Box was produced from 1972 to 1979, and it was designed by Curtis Brubaker. The Box is considered to be the first minivan, and since Brubaker wasn't able to get the Beetle chassis from VW, he had to buy completed models, then convert them.
The Box has a sliding rear door on the passenger side to get in. In this image, the car may look quite massive, but the car is in fact quite small. I couldn't find exact dimensions, but it looks a lot bigger than it is.
The Aquila GT looks fabulous in this picture. It's on the platform of a 1963, and was modified by American Fibre Craft to look like this in 1980. Powertrain is a 1200cc flat four producing a whopping 45 horsepower to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual. Pop up headlights are mounted on the front.
Only 150 of these were made, and personally, I think it is the most beautiful car on this list.