300% Power Increase, 100% Roof Decrease: This Volksrod's Got the Math Right

Volkswagen VW Rat Rod Volksrod
I’ll come right out and highlight my ignorance: are Volksrod’s a new thing…or have I managed to live under a rock for my nearly 29 years? I’m already used to having no idea who the people on the magazine covers at the supermarket are, but generally pride myself on staying abreast of the hottest trends in obscure automobilia.
And yet, it’s like these things just started happening, 30 years after VW stopped selling them, did someone actually think of something new to do with a bug? Anyway, this little beastie sports a recently built 2165cc motor claimed to be good for 165hp. That’s well over 3x the factory horsepower of a stock ’65 Bug, with even less bug to push around. Details after the jump.

Volkswagen VW Rat Rod Volksrod

Beyond the specs on the motor’s build, the seller informs us:

Twin Kadrons = 165 HP, 4W Disk Brakes, new steering
box, coil, emergency brake, cover…about 500 miles on the rebuild…..I have lots of Rat extras – VW German Badge,
Side View Mirror, Spider Webs, Snakes, Skulls, Bats, MG bows, Brass Fire
Extinguisher, horn & button, talking Rat in a trap & more. Went wild
collecting stuff.
Negatives: Speedo mounted but not hooked up; windshield cracked, (Replace
with VW cut in half).
I lost storage & I’m 71 yrs. Old. Someone else can have some fun. A Deuce
tricked like this would cost a bundle and you get the same Bang. The
California Pink’s in my name.

It’s far from perfect, but that’s not really the point, now is it? With a bit of chassis stiffening, suspension tweaking and sticky tires, it’s hard not to wonder just how fast this little demon could be. As of this writing, it’s sitting at $3500 with an unmet reserve. What would you drop for this chop-top?

eBay Motors: 1965 VW Rat Rod

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  1. topdeadcentre Avatar

    I'd buy this to park next to Plymouth Prowlers at local cruise nights.

  2. muthalovin Avatar

    It is worth it, just for the extras. Seriously.
    I think these volksrods have been around for a while, like, 2005ish. I remember seeing one way back then, but then none, and then a few just this year. It is an, um, interesting segment of automobile enthusiasts.

  3. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    Looks like a lot of fun for short money. Much of it achieved by removing the fenders. But the project looks nicely detailed and complete. Too bad the rain won't be stopping.

  4. CptSevere Avatar

    I think these little rodents completely rock. I'd love to have this one. While I'm spending imaginary money, maybe I'd put long travel suspension and a stout roll cage on it and make a Rat Baja. That would be great fun for blasting around the desert.

    1. SSurfer321 Avatar

      I was ready to dismiss this; as the only Bug I've ever been interested in is of the Baja flavor.
      I like the way you think!

    2. Alff Avatar

      That cage should provide what I assume is some much needed stiffening.

    3. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Of course, I'm of the opinion that any and all non-front-engined VW and Porsche products deserve a good Baja-ing.

        1. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

          That Thing thing looks real cool.

        2. buzzboy7 Avatar

          No Type 3 love?
          <img src="http://www.mkparker.com/vw/Baja%20Square%20green.jpg&quot; width="500">

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  5. Alff Avatar

    Type .5 VW

  6. facelvega Avatar

    I doubt the reserve was lower than $5k, probably higher. Still, that's a lot of very fresh work and probably a good dollop of performance for not a lot of money. Styling aside, what other four seat open-top cars are available around $5-7k in anything like this condition. And really, the styling of the conversion could've been far, far cheesier than it is. I would drive this car.

  7. Joe Btfsplk Avatar
    Joe Btfsplk

    Getting in and out with grace and agility would take a lot of practice….it has no doors.

  8. Armand4 Avatar

    I still have a "Hot VWs" magazine from 1998 that talks about "Volks-Rods." Besides cars like this one, there was a T-bucket with a Type IV motor under the turtle-deck. It was awesome. And, of course, they've been building fiberglass '40 Ford-style front hoods for decades, and many of them found their way onto cars styled like traditional hot rods.
    As a side note, does anyone have a little trouble believing 165 horsepower from a T1 motor with only dual Kadrons? I wanna see a dyno sheet. Or, better yet, a set of Weber IDFs.

    1. buzzboy7 Avatar

      I'm hoping for at least a 2332 or a T4 motor for that kind of power. I'm not feeling it either. I've ridden with a 200hp 2276 and it's pretty much not streetable from the power band

  9. aastrovan Avatar

    Impractical but it looks like a blast to drive.Lots of fun .

  10. Sampson Kirkland Avatar
    Sampson Kirkland

    I now own this car in League city, Tx. – Facebook Sampson Kirkland