The story behind this VW Beetle disguised as a Porsche 959

It's called the 'Cintra 959' and it's from Brazil

1y ago

Brazil has never really been known for its cars, yes they have built many cars (including the Beetle) but they aren't as well known for having their own car companies. Which is why this car is so special.

This is the Cintra 959 and it might just be the greatest Franken-car ever made. It all started back in late 80s with a 15-year-old boy called André Cintra who had a dream. He was fascinated by the Porsche 959 and always wanted one for himself but sadly there weren't any he knew of in the country.

But that didn't matter as he decided to make his own...sort of. André attended a vehicle project course where the students were asked to improve or modify the iconic VW Beetle design. During this course, André decided to sketch this magnificent Beetle-Porsche, which then became a reality.

With help from the collage, he bought a 1985 VW Beetle for testing his idea on and got to work. He experimented for a year or so using fiberglass and other materials until he finally perfected the project and built kits for other people to use.

In fact, this kit became so successful that in 1992, after the borders were opened for imports, Cintra started selling his kit for US$2,900.00.

And it was pretty easy to install. All you had to do was take the panels and the hood off of your Beetle and fit the three fiberglass pieces. Then you would replace the rear-lights which were from a Porsche 911, then the other lights, mirrors and wheels but these came off of other cars.

On top of this, the kit included a 1.8L turbo engine, to give the Beetle a little more poke. Now the sad thing is, that only three were ever fully made, which is why you have never heard of it before.

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Comments (29)

  • Me: can I have a Porsche 959

    Mom: we have a Porsche 959 at home

    Porsche 959 at home:

      1 year ago
  • I mean, it's not terrible. It wouldn't fool me, but I could totally see non-car enthusiasts being duped by it. This is my favourite Beetle-Porsche tho.

      1 year ago
  • That’s sad...but the 911 version was a bit sad too...this however is kinda cool...

      1 year ago
  • It's not disguised, I'm still seeing a Beetle

    Btw it's looking very nice!

      1 year ago
  • I really would love one to be honest

      1 year ago