Monday, June 16, 2014

5k: Cool Runnings: 1979 Volkswagen Type 1 Kit Car

The 1993 film Cool Runnings (directed by Jon Turteltaub, of National Treasure 1, 2, & 3 fame) was a story of Jamaica's first bobsled team who fought their way to the winter Olympics in Calgary.  The movie is one of the last productions featuring John Candy before he was sent to the great Skittle factory in the sky and one of his better roles.  Anyway, the subject of today's feature is this 1979 Volkswagen Kit Car currently bidding for $1,675 reserve-not-met with less than one day to go.  Tip from Andy L.

I must admit that it has been a number of years since I've watched the entire Cool Runnings film, but I don't recall such a strange vehicle. Additionally, does not show such a vehicle in the few images from the film and a google search finds nothing.  I did not go as far as to watch the entire movie to find this thing, but anyone willing to buy this car probably has the movie memorized and will recognize it.

This funny looking thing is a Volkswagen Beetle based kit-car, not sure if it was a one-off or based on a kit, but it will need some sorting before you drive it home.

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  1. I would like to think I'd have remembered a car like this. The only car I do remember is the MGA they sell to raise the money to go to Canada, at least I'm pretty sure it was an MGA.

  2. Hey mon, me thinks the ganja get to the brain of the owner. Take the money, mon, and run!

  3. I definitely don't remember this from the movie. They did build some crude wheeled sleds for practice runs however. Maybe this weird VW was used by the actual Jamaican bobsled team back in the '80s - promotional tool or something? Upon further reflection I think the most likely story is that this was built by a fan in Jamaica and decorated in the Olympic spirit for Calgary '88.

  4. Fleetwood T. BroughamJune 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Was this Ace and Gary's car? (From SNL's "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" series)

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  6. It's not in the film. There's a 1968 Beetle painted in Rastafarian colors owned by a member of the team and used for one of their training excercises, but nothing like this.

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