At $7,500, Is This Custom 2003 VW Beetle Three-Wheeled A Bargain?

Nice Price or No Dice 2003 VW Beetle custom trike

The most amazing thing about today Good price or no dice The custom VW trike is the seller’s claim to have put 10K on it in its current, Frankensteinian state. Let’s see if this very personal automotive statement can still find broad appeal at its current price.

“To throw and not to sink” is the Latin motto of Paris, France, appearing long on the city coat of arms. Freely translated, it means to be tossed about by the waves but ultimately not sunk. In boxing parlance this is akin to being “down but not down”.

Looking at the footage from last Friday’s announcement 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO GSR, we could imagine him having a similar apothegm as he was a bit beat up, but seemingly still ready for action. Unfortunately, that spunky appearance apparently didn’t match the car’s $23,900 asking price. Even a new clutch and clean title couldn’t sway the majority of you in its favor, sending the EVO into an 83% diceless loss.

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Ok, let’s start today with a fair warning. the 2003 Volkswagen Beetle Tricycle you see before you get questioned your sight and maybe even the mental health of the world we live in. Yeah, it’s just so far out there. Now that we’ve made the lawyers happy, let’s dig into this insane piece of self(pattern)-erotic.

The vehicle apparently started life as a 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle with a 90 horsepower TDI engine and a five-speed shifter. What happened after that inauspicious start is, of course, anyone guess. Guess it implied something along the lines of getting totaled after an accident at some point in his career, then reconstituted in its current form. The result was the creation of what you see in front of you, a crazy mix of disparate brands and brands, all coming together to create what the seller says is “our own version of the Sling Shot”.

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Now the Polaris Slingshot is a real vehicle made by a real company. Even with these good faiths, the Slingshot remains pretty crazy. This tribute takes that fool and bumps it up to eleven, then flips that eleven to the side so it becomes an equals sign. Do you know what that is equivalent to? Yeah, crazy.

Let’s take a look at the car from skeletal nose to tail and see what all we can identify. The nose is not Beetle but Ford’s Aston Martin-aping Fusion and if that’s not crazy enough it’s only half painted and is full clamshell. It gives the impression How is it eager to swallow street waifs whole. Below are the monocoque chassis of the Volkswagen and that of the Beetle. front bumper surrounding the 1.9 liter TDI. The placement of the stock intercooler in front of the right wheel arch looks particularly precarious in this case.

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Behind that is the Beetle cabin, but that’s been accentuated with cut windowless doors and a T-roof off of a Z31 300ZX. A high mounted brakeand-a van’s bed light has been cleverly molded into the roof behind this. The rear is totally tubular and offers support for the single rear wheel suspended from the swingarm. Unlike the Polaris trike, this bespoke model is FWD, so the sole purpose of the rear wheel is to keep the rear of the car from sparking the pavement.

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Is that crazy enough for you? I hope not because I saved the worst, uh… the best for last. Tesla has been getting a lot of press lately to replace the Model S Plaid steering wheel with the hated yoke, but the yoke is on Elon since this Beetle uses bones for its wheel and shifter. I don’t recognize where they all come from but I’m also impressed and reviled nonetheless. The rest of the interior looks pretty stuffy compared to those horror movie prop stuff.

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According to the ad, the lack of full weather protection makes it a three-season car. Of course, that’s only as long as one of those seasons isn’t the “monsoon.” JThe car has 238,800 miles on the odometer. Of those, it apparently made 10K in its current state, Dr. Moreau’s Island. In public!

Naturally, the title is rebuilt because who would do that to a car with a proper title? The ad says it passed South Carolina’s DOT inspection, which doesn’t bode well for safe driving in South Carolina. All the jokes and waves of Terror aside, thanks to its three wheels, this VW could probably now be classed as a motorcycle and therefore not have to meet such stringent safety requirements as a four-wheeler.

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What could cost the brave individual nightmare fuel who would consider buying it? The ad says $7,500 is the going rate for a custom Beetle TDI Trike with a steering wheel made from ham hocks, but as we all know, the seller doesn’t have the final say, we do. .

What do you think of this interesting vehicle and this price of $7,500? Does this sound like a case to go crazy? Or, would you have a bone to pick with the seller for asking that much?

You decide!

Colombia, South Carolina, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.

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