Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Another Reverse Swap: 1968 Volkswagen Beetle Electric Baja

In the world of reverse engine swaps, I love nothing more than an electric swap where at first glance it seems like a good idea (torque in off-road situations is good), but through further analysis...the consequences of running out of juice involves death via exposure.  Find this 1968 Volkswagen Beetle Electric Baja offered for $10,000 in Jamul, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

 From the seller:
I had my 1968 Baja style Volkswagen Bug converted to electric by Big Fish Motorsports here in San Diego. It plugs directly into a wall outlet at your house and is capable of up to 40-50 miles per charge (untested and depending on terrain)
144 volt system using 42 Calb 100AH Lithium batteries ($5500) 
Advanced DC FBI-4001A Electric Motor
Curtis Motor Controller PMC 1231C
PFC 1500 Charger for 144v
Xantrex Battery monitors volts/amps/charge
Smart car rear seat but I have it if you want it.
New paint job and rear shocks. 
Some dings and dents as for its age...minor TLC if you care about perfection

It runs but there is no clutch. I shift on the fly. I have a rear cowling, front shocks, side steps, and a new speedometer cable that haven't been installed yet. This was a project car that I no longer have time for and need the money for the bills. Serious inquiries only. I don't need help selling so don't ask. Please text only after 12pm Saturday thru Tuesday. Can text daytime hours wed thru Friday. I have around $12K into it so asking $10K firm.

See a better way to electric?


  1. Less than elegant execution, particularly in the rear...$10k! LOL

  2. a Baja without a stinger exhaust is just sacrilegious.

  3. Rear suspension looks like it's working pretty hard under that weight. The beauty of a Baja Bug is when it can soak up the whoops like a boss. This one doesn't have any bump travel left!


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