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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

An Austrian Porsche Beetle

Nowadays we can’t toss the term hybrid around without people thinking electric-first rather than one vehicle’s powertrain in another vehicle’s body. Back before Prii and Insights were all the rage, the term hybrids was used to describe a vehicle that received an engine transplant from another vehicle.
Carmaxx Classic's Bugster based on 1973 Volkswagen Beetle chassis with 2000 Porsche Boxster. (Picture from: http://aol.it/1H6otJU)
Left side view of Carmaxx Classic's Bugster. (Picture from: http://aol.it/1H6otJU)
Dashboard view of Carmaxx Classic's Bugster. (Picture from: http://aol.it/1H6otJU)
This combination is possibly one of the most awesome marriages we’ve ever seen. Siegfried Rudolf, owner of CarMaxx out in Austria (not to be mistaken for Carmax in America), combined a 1973 Volkswagen Beetle with a 2000 Porsche Boxster convertible. The result is a slick looking car, despite its age, sporting 18-inch mesh wheels and custom fenders.
Rear side view of Carmaxx Classic's Bugster. (Picture from: http://aol.it/1H6otJU)
From off, the car looks like a nicely restored, slightly modified Bug. Up close, though, the enormous side vents, 18-inch wheels and Porsche dashboard start to hint at this thing's dirty little secret. The car sports custom fenders to properly cover its wider track and wheels, and the whole set up rides on a fully-adjustable suspension.
Now equipped with the mid-engined Porsche Boxster powerplant, the Beetle puts out 270-hp, making it a complete blast to drive we’re sure. It’s also dialed-in with fully adjustable suspension and even sports the complete Porsche dash on the interior. Dropping a classic Beetle shell onto a Porsche Boxster chassis? We dig it. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARMAXX AUTOMOBILE | AUTOBLOG]
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