Volkswagen is electrifying classic VW Beetles

Sure, tooling around in classic car is cool, but have you ever tried tooling around in a classic car with an engine that’s way less ecologically unsound than the one it originally rolled off the assembly line with? If you’re a Volkswagen Beetle owner, You’ll soon have the chance to give it a spin: Volkswagen’s come up with a standardized electric engine designed to power their classic Beetles down the highway.

From Volkswagen:

Volkswagen Group Components presents a holistic concept with its partner eClassics for the subsequent electrification of the historic Volkswagen Beetle. The conversion exclusively uses new parts they have mutually agreed on from the series production of Volkswagen Group Components. The electric drive, the 1-speed gearbox and the battery system are based on the new VW e-up!1. The conversion of the historic Beetle is being carried out by the specialist company eClassics.

…The components from Kassel and Brunswick work together in the e-Beetle as an electric drive that reaches performance peaks of 60°kW /82°PS. The battery system is built into the underbody and consists of up to 14 modules, each with a capacity of 2.6 kWh. The lithium-ion battery modules cumulatively deliver energy of up to 36.8 kWh. The higher performance and the increased weight due to the extent of electrification require the adaptation and reinforcement of the chassis and the brakes.

So, your Bug will be a little heavier, but the benefits of the conversion sound pretty sweet: Volkswagen claims the that a converted Beetle can accelerate from zero to 50 km/h in just under four seconds and up to 80 km/h in around eight seconds, with a top speed of 150 km/h. Read the rest

This 1995 Ferrari 348 Spider is enhanced by a Pioneer CD player

The final year of the 348, the most Ferrari of Ferraris until the Ferrari 458 out Ferrari'd it.

You may keep the CD changer, I will not be needing it.

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This 1995 Ferrari 348 Spider was delivered new to Miller Motorcars in Greenwich, Connecticut and spent much of its life in New York State until being acquired a year ago by the seller, who has since added approximately 1,000 of its 28k indicated miles. The car is finished in red over tan leather and powered by a 3.4-liter quad-cam V8 paired with a five-speed manual transaxle. Modifications include a Nouvalari exhaust system and a Pioneer CD player. The timing belt was last changed in 2018 along with the air conditioning compressor, clutch, engine mounts, water pump, tires, and more. This final-year 348 is offered with records to 1999, a clean Carfax report, factory literature and tools, a car cover, and a clean Maryland title in the seller’s name.

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This 1964 Sunbeam Tiger GT is just lovely

Adorable and fun!

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This 1964 Sunbeam Tiger GT reportedly was discovered in a garage in Palo Alto, California in the 1990s by Tiger historian Norman Miller, who verified it as a genuine GT car built by the Rootes Group in August 1964. The car was then purchased by a collector who refurbished it in the early 2000s with a rebuild of the numbers-matching 260ci V8, a bare-metal repaint in black, a new interior, and more as described below. The car spent time with another owner in Hawaii before returning to California in 2015 and being offered on BaT in November 2017. Service by the most recent owner has included the replacement of the clutch, clutch master and slave cylinders, generator, voltage regulator, spark plugs, wiring harness, and brake booster. This Tiger GT is now offered at no reserve by the selling dealer with a Certificate of Disclosure by Norman Miller, owner’s manual, matching hardtop, service records, and a clean California title.

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Watch this beautiful tour of Manhattan's Classic Car Club

Mike Prichinello co-founded Classic Car Club in Manhattan, which recently moved into a beautiful new space. Mauricio Mochon shot some of the gorgeous cars on display. Read the rest

303 Aerospace Protectant really preserves plastic and vinyl

I like classic motorcycles and cars. I live by the sea. 303 Aerospace Protectant keeps plastic and rubbery bits looking fresh and new.

I don't know what the hell is in this stuff. I don't know why it is different than Armor-All, but the results are unmistakeable. 303 Aerospace really works.

I spray a rag and apply the milky looking liquid to the surface that needs it. It seems adding a little sea air and some sun to the rubber grommets, caps and fastener covers on my old BMW airhead will cause things to disintegrate before my eyes. A light coating of 303 Aerospace every few months has stopped that completely.

I've seen old vinyl seats come back to life. 303 amazingly even restores some of the lost flexibility in that old Corinthian leather, cracking and peeling significantly slowed to stopped. I've used 303 to keep my plastic kayaks looking new for years, and the fiberglass top on my Volkswagen Westfalia camper. Most amazingly, 303 really does a wonderful job on the horrible plastic covered cardboard dash in that same VW. The bus doesn't look new, but the dash does.

I'd read a lot of complaints from people about Armor-All over hydrating surfaces and cracking them worse. I suspect that might be due to over application, but I find 303 gives me a better, longer lasting finish anyways.

303 (30313-CSR) Aerospace Protectant Trigger Sprayer, 32 Fl. oz. Read the rest