19 July 2016

This Volkswagen is in costume. Do you like it?

Are you looking for a short-wheelbase 1940 Ford Tudor convertible? Or perhaps a late ’60s Volkswagen Beetle with a different hood? Or maybe both? You’re in luck! We found just such a car for sale on eBay in Iowa, with a Buy-it-Now price of $12,997.

Depending on your perspective, this is either a bargain or buffoonery, as Hagerty’s average insured value for a ’40 Ford Tudor (condition 3) is about $50,000, while a 1968 VW Beetle in similar condition is worth about $9,000. But obviously, this car is neither of those cars. Instead, it is a mildly rebodied ’68 Beetle intended to look like the domestic pre-war convertible.

According to the ad, “This is not some ‘BACK-YARD’ conversion! This is a PROFESSIONALLY done HIGH $$$ [sic] conversion that completed [sic] by a professional body-shop with the utmost detail given to making this VW as similar to a 40’ [sic] Deluxe as possible. First and foremost, check out the frontend [sic]! It’s remarkably similar to the 40’ [sic] Ford with CORRECT grille and headlights!” [All caps are theirs.]

Yes, the details are similar, how much so we’ll leave up to you. And they don’t look completely foreign either, which makes sense as the Käfer (German for Beetle) and Ford Tudor Deluxe were designed around the same time. However, the replica’s main issue is that its proportions are so far off from those of an honest Tudor. Not surprising considering that this recreation is based on a Bug, and the only real changes were to its sheetmetal.

On a positive note, the car includes a “TOTALLY CHROMED 1600-cc DUAL-port VW power plant” with rebuilt carbs, new plugs, wires and battery. A fresh interior is also part of the package. The seller claims that “In the world of classic cars, when something TOTALLY DIFFERENT and TOTALLY UNIQUE comes around, you really need to jump at the chance of ownership – as you NEVER KNOW if you’ll see such a vehicle again!” [Again, all caps theirs.]

While seeing another ’68 VW-based 1940 Ford Tudor Deluxe does seem unlikely, should you “jump at the chance” or stroll casually by and avoid eye contact?

For more info check out the original eBay post.

4 Reader Comments

  • 1
    James burns jr Iola WI July 20, 2016 at 13:06
    Wow, this is actually a very nicely done car. I'm sorry the writer has such bad taste. And doesn't have the ability to appericate others work and vision. This is not what I expect from hagerty. Bashing other enthusiasts builds? and what's with all the [sic]. This makes for horrible reading. disappointing
  • 2
    Sean MI-Michigan July 20, 2016 at 12:31
    Of course the dimensions are going to be off. It's a re-bodied Volkswagen. What I don't get is why you would bother to even write an article about this. Did you just need something to complain about today? As a company that insures classic cars, you sure are trying to alienate the custom car builders. Just because it's not to your taste or "dimensionally accurate" enough for you doesn't mean there's something wrong with it. As a professional in the industry, there is absolutely no reason to be criticising someone's project, regardless how you feel about it.
  • 3
    Doni L Utica MI July 20, 2016 at 12:52
    I'm just curious, why would you slam a vehicle like this? I think it is interesting, and to each their own. How would you feel turning off a potential or existing client for Hagerty insurance who likes this idea? While editorial opinions are often given, you may wish to reconsider how your opinions make the organization look.
  • 4
    Ray G. Poulsbo, WA. November 30, 2016 at 18:19
    Used to be a KIT you could buy to add these items to your own VW bug

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