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Fully assembled, ready to drive, Vintage Speedster in either flared or classic style body.
Cars Built to Date
DriveTrain & Mechanical Options
- 1915cc Engine with Dual Carbs
- 120 hp Engine with Dual Carbs
- Tuned Exhaust (Required with 120hp Engine)
- Performance Cam (Mild Increase in Horsepower)
- Oil Cooler with Fan (Recommend for hot Climates)
- 3:88 Transmission
- 4 wheel Disc Brakes
- Sway Bars for Increased Handling
- Wide 5 lug Wheels
- Center Mount Racing Style Gas Tank
- Pirelli Tire Upgrage
- Under Dash Hand Brake (std for dealers)
- Metallic Paint
- Black Paint
- Luggage Rack
- Bumper Gaurds Front and Rear
- Rear Reflectors
- Fog Lights
- Healight Grills
- Beehive Tail Lights (limted availibility)
- Louvered Deck Lid
- Flared Body with 17 inch Wheels
- Trim Delete
- Bumper and Trim Delete
- Spyder Mirror
- Passenger Side Mirror
- Chrome Wheels
- Vintage Style Radio
- Full Tonneau
- 12V Plug/Cell Phone Port
- Kill Switch
- Banjo Steering Wheel (Ivory or Black)
- German Square Weave Carpet
- Contrasting Stiching on Upholstery
- Contrasting Pipping On Upholstery
(Special requests and custom features available on a case by case basis, please inquire)
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of frame is used?
The speedster replica was born in the 1970’s. Early manufacturers used a shortened VW pan and did not adequately reinforce the body. This led to the infamous “jack test”. If one were to lift the car with a jack, due to the body flex, the car doors would no longer close properly. Vintage Speedsters engineered a new type of structure starting with our first speedster produced in 1988.
Vintage Speedsters uses a custom built, jig welded, 2×4 inch 11-gauge steel frame. An original VW pan is restored, shortened and welded to the new steel skeleton. The rigid new structure retains the original VW pan design and integrates the largest frame possible. All of our custom built speedsters easily pass the “jack test”. In addition, the steering wheel is offset slightly, just as an original speedster.
While some manufacturers will lead the customer to believe the use of a VW pan is inferior, it’s hard to argue with some facts.
1) Volkswagen produced over 21,000,000 cars using the pan design.
2) Vintage Speedsters hand built over 3300 speedsters as of 2016.
3) We build more than 90% of the speedsters being sold today.
How many Vintage Speedsters have been built?
Vintage Speedsters was established in 1986 and as of 2016, we hand built over 3300 Speedsters. We produce in our own facilities, more cars in one week, than some so-called manufacturers do in a year.
What kind of maintenance is needed?
Vintage Speedsters use VW air-cooled engines. Stock engines will require a valve adjustment and tune-up every 3000 miles. This is a simple process and can be done by any foreign auto mechanic. VW produced over 29 million air-cooled engines, so finding parts and service is never a problem.
Gasoline Octane: 91
Oil Weight: 30W
Tire Size: 165-65-R15 or 185-60-R15
Tire Pressure: 22psi
Valve Clearance: .006
Distributor: Bosch 009
The engine oil should be changed at 3 months or 3000 mile intervals after the change of 300 miles on new motors. Most engines use a traditional style oil sump strainer
Engines equipeed with standard valves should have the valves adjusted every 3000 miles or when needed. Initial adjustment on new engines should occure first at 300 miles. Valve clearance should be set to .006
Who can I get insurance from?
Many insurance companies will cover your new Vintage Speedster. Here are just a few.
In California, US Only:
Barlow Ins. — 1-800-558-7772
Hagerty Classic Auto Ins – 1-800-922-4050
Hagerty Ins. — 1-800-747-5348
How is the speedster registered/titled?
They receive a VW title. The year reflects the manufactured year of the original donor pan.
How are smog requirements handled?
Smog is by the year of the chassis, in CA. 1976 and earlier are exempt.
What size tires work best?
165/15 Tires , 5 1/2in. By 15in. wheels, preserve the original look of the speedster.
We can ship just about every part or car worldwide.
For information about transporting a car across the US or the Globe:
Direct Express Inc.
303 West Artesia Blvd.
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220