Saturday, January 21, 2017

Rotary Powered: 1969 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Remember when Mazda purchased the rights to build the Volkswagen Beetle and started shoving 13B rotary engines into version that were setup from the factory as Baja racers, and then Donald Trump was sworn in as president. Wait...that stuff didn't happen?  It was just a dream.  But you were there...and you...and you... Find this 1969 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle offered for $6,000 in Inland Empire Los Angeles Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

Behind the driver sits a 25 gallon fuel cell...and then a VW transaxle with a Mazda 13B that is fed via a carburetor mated to an aftermarket intake manifold.  It should make a noise that is so bad that you'll want the original VW engine back.

See another custom VW with rotary power?


  1. Psychedelics are really the only explanation for that rear window setup.

  2. So true about the noise. If you have never heard an un-muffled rotary, count yourself lucky. Probably the only internal combustion sound that I just flat out hate.

    Otherwise, I think this thing would benefit from some portion of the front body work being reattached. Regarding the radiator set up, I suppose you can say at least it is well protected from stones.

    1. Yes, the missing one piece front makes it look quite incomplete

  3. I really want to like this.....I like rotary engines.....I have always loved and have had lots of air cooled V-Dubs.
    Maybe that custom cooling system could be relocated or even concealed a bit.
    Looks like it's actually pretty well done though


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