Saturday, May 9, 2020

DePimp My Ride: 1964 Volkswagen Beetle Porsche 917 Kit

Another day, another hideous Poorch 917 replica...I know what yer thinkin.  You're thinking that the guys at DailyTurismo are hitting the bourbon early these days.  No, not yet...the coronavirus drinking games are still mostly done after 5 o'clock...but what I can tell you is that I'd love the idea of driving something with a ludicrous driving position that only cost me a few thousand smackeroos, a few weekends of wrenching, and one divorce.  Imagine the feeling of hitting the throttle as the sweat pours down your brow...and that's only in regular traffic...because no AC and no windows are gonna make this thing amazing in the summer...but the primary reason we are featuring this car is because it used to be a flame throwing hovercraft batmobile. appears that the next owner removed the flamethrower, taser hood oranment, and 110V generator + AC unit and tried to get it back to basics.  Find this 1964 Volkswagen Beetle Porsche 917 Kit offered for $3200 in Scottsdale, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:
1964 Laser 917
condition: fair
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
paint color: blue
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe
This is a replica of a famous Porsche race car. Steve McQueen was in a movie (Le Mans: racing the car. The car won Porsche’s first overall Le Mans victory.

The kit car is a Laser 917 on a VW Bug chassis. I bought it 3 years ago and have slowly made some improvements.

Wide racing wheels
Racing slick tires
Drop spindles
Misc parts

This is a little info on the Porsche race car:

This is a link to the car I bought and started to fix:

I no longer have the time or the space. I hope somebody will finish it up. It ran when I pulled it into my garage 3 years ago. Everything is currently disconnected but it is easy to work on due to having a Volkswagen bug chassis, engine and transmission.

First $3,200 takes it.

See a better way to drive a kit 917?


  1. The current owner did an admirable job of removing the excess garbage, but I think I would have cleaned up and kept the headlight covers on and I wouldn't have chopped off the tail end like that. I think it needs the tail section, at least above the body line that comes from the rear wheels.

    The current owner seems to be losing money on this one. I'm sure the next owner will too. Still, a way better deal than the Gulf car a week ago.

    Also, not only does it not have opening windows or A/C, it's an air-cooled motor... and it's in Arizona. I hope you like your meatballs well done!

    1. Something like this in running/driving shape would be fun in a cooler climate. Arizona, no thanks, When I was gassing up the rental Jeep in Phoenix it felt like being under a giant hair dryer when the wind blew.

  2. Stilgar’s ride.

    What’s really bugging me and Bill Gates are the two spaces after a period. WUWT?


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