The Volkswagen Kind 2 pickup truck is beloved by VW fanatics, in both its single-cab or double-cab variations, for each its utility and its cool hippie vibe. Only one factor, although; like all unmodified Sorts 2 fashions, it’s mighty gradual.
That very underpowered nature is a badge of braveness for some VW bus, van and pickup drivers, who satisfaction themselves in going towards the tide on this hurried world. “Gradual shifting automobile” bumper stickers are usually not a lot a warning to different drivers as a purposeful boast.
The Decide of the Day is a 1969 Volkswagen Kind 2 single-cab pickup that takes a unique route with customized upgrades that enhance efficiency and drivability.
“This was utterly up to date a number of years in the past with a robust 2.2-liter engine and geared up with a freeway-friendly gearing that makes this a pleasure to drive,” in keeping with the seller Laguna Seaside, California, promoting the VW on ClassicCars.com.
That giant displacement for the air-cooled flat-Four engine would possibly sound unlikely, however a fast Google search revealed a number of firms that construct VW performance engines in such displacements, and even bigger. Whereas the vendor doesn’t specify the horsepower ranking of this engine, such powerplants might be tuned to make greater than twice the output of the unique 1.6-liter engine, rated at round 66 horsepower.
The opposite piece of the equation is the 4-speed guide transmission, which has had its gearing altered to supply greater speeds and less-frenetic freeway cruising. VW people usually name a taller 4th gear a “freeway flier,” though this sounds as if extra than simply 4th gear has been upped. Potential consumers would wish to inquire.
The brilliant-red VW is of the second-generation Kind 2, the so-called “bay-window” fashions due to the broad windshields that changed the two-piece break up windshields of the first-gen. Whereas the sooner Kind 2s are extra desired and worthwhile primarily due to their traditional fashion, the bay home windows are roomier and have loads of fashion of their very own.
Different modifications of this pickup embody a lowered suspension, shaved physique trim, Porsche-style aluminum wheels and a locking pass-through compartment constructed below the pickup mattress, the vendor notes. The inside is totally customized with a spartan industrial look and a thick-rimmed, small-diameter steering wheel, in addition to a scorching audio system.
Whereas this VW would possibly trigger purists to scowl, it looks like a well-built and properly introduced customized pickup that’s able to roll at freeway speeds. Hill climbing must also be vastly improved.
The asking worth is $29,995.
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