1971 Volkswagen 1302s
On the outside, it looks like one of the factory rally-spec Beetles that Porsche Austria fielded in the early 1970s; known colloquially as the Salzburg Beetles, the cars were meant to boost VW’s sales, sliding through the gravel in European rally stages and right into European driveways.
My car is half a tribute to these little-known machines, half a labour of love, half a bonkers rally-spec machine, and half a faithful old friend. I know that’s too many halves to make a whole, but it's so much more than a simple Beetle...
Paint and exterior
The original Salzburg rally cars were repainted in Porsche Silver, with matte black hood and engine lid. My car, follows suit.
Upholstery and interior
Under the skin, it's a modern race car. Carbon/Kevlar race seats, six point OMP belts.
Original Engine: No
2110cc, fully balanced, dry-sump oiling and fuel injection resulting in 150hp. Only the VW case, heavily machined, remains from the original 1600cc engine.
Since finishing the build in 2014 I've put 280,000km on the car. It gets driven!
Wheels and tires
Factory "Sport" wheels 15x5.5 running 205/50/15 BFG Sport Comp 2 tires (street setup)
Porsche 914 hubcap wheels 15x5.5 running 185/65/15 Pirelli Gravel Rally tires (Gravel setup)
Beetle stock wheels 15x4.5 running 195/60/15 Michelin Winter X-Ice
Ghia 2-piston calipers with solid rotors on all four corners, actuated by a Tilton pedal set with dual master cylinders and remote-bias adjustment on the dash.
Porsche 901 five speed transmission with dogleg first.
Hargett 911 race shifter, modified to fit Beetle on custom mounts.