The latest episode of Fast N’ Loud tackled one of the most iconic cars in history and THE best selling car of all time. Originally designed by Ferdinand Porsche in 1934, it wasn’t until after World War II ended in 1945 that heavy production began. Most astute car collectors, including Richard, know that the truly collectible Beetles are pre-1967 and this ’65 is no exception.
The Beetle has come a long way since the 1950s and 1960s evolving every year to adapt to the new generation of drivers and yes, fans of the car. The Beetle was one of the first rear-engine cars to come in two-door convertible and sedan body types. A minor increase in horsepower and displacement and several different rear window designs (a small split window, a small oval window and a larger window) were introduced in the mid-1960s.
What makes the Gas Monkey Garage 1965 Beetle special is that it’s an original paint and original body car with one owner from Houston, Texas. The original owner was an engineer with NASA who kept this vehicle in amazing condition providing GMG with a perfect canvas to work on.
As Charles mentioned on the show, the Monkeys took a stock 40hp engine and replaced it with a 210hp Ukrainian Motorwerks engine mated to a Rancho Billet performance transmission. The engine also incorporates two Weber IDA Carburetors. They also installed a 4-inch narrowed adjustable beams from Airkewld so wider tires on Billet Smoothie wheels could be added. Stopping power provided by Airkewld Bad Series Wilwood brakes and rotors.
The interior features period correct/original materials from TMI Products, a Black Mamba throw performance shifter from Vintage Speed and GPS digital gauges from Speed Hut. Lots of odds and end parts such as window sills, door latches and chrome sides were provided Wolfsburg West.
We look forward to seeing VW fan response to the GMG 1965 Beetle and what plans on doing with it.