Wednesday, November 13, 2013

5k: Floaters And Flashers: 1973 Volkswagen Beetle Boatswagen

Floaters and flashers - not just the least desirable things to find in a public restroom, but also signs that you could be going blind from inhaling too much welding and fiberglass fumes.  The truth is that when you are doing a garage project you don't pay attention to OSHA limits on fume inhalation, so what starts out as an attempt to turn a VW Bug into a Manx style buggy can go horribly wrong...or horribly awesome.  Find this 1973 Volkswagen Beetle Boatswagen currently bidding for $3,049 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go.

At first glance this looks like a boat on a low-slung trailer, but this is actually a fully functional (that is a relative term) automobile... unfortunately it does not float. With the original 60 horsepower flat-4 out back it should be good for freeway speeds, but aero(hydro?)dynamics may become an issue at higher speeds.

In the seller's own words:  
I had planned to build a low budget VW Manx styled dune buggy, but was unable to find a decent used buggy body.  Then I stumbled onto a fiberglass 1956 Hydrodyne sport runabout  The boat had been buried in waist deep weeds for a few decades and was about the same condition as the Volkswagen.  What better way to bring them back to life than having them both serve as donor vehicles for each other. With that, was born the "Boatswagen".

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  1. Waste of effort. It don't float.

  2. I'm curious as to why he's selling it. Obviously it was a lot of work. Just tired of it now? Or was he always intending to sell it? This is definitely an item for people with too much money.

  3. Here's a better Boatswagen; much more labor involved but historically correct and seaworthy too:

  4. "Floaters and flashers - not just the least desirable things to find in a public restroom"
    ... Where is the Pulitzer prize when you need it?

  5. The guy that sold this is trying to find it again. Anyone know where it is?


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