It takes some serious stones to think up an engine swap like this. This 1973 Volkswagen Beetle has been subjected to one of the strangest engine swaps I’ve seen in quite some time, where a GM 3.8L V6, presumably from a FWD application, has been shoved up the VW’s backside as far as it can go. I don’t fault the engine choice at all: the 231ci V6 was a GM staple from the moment it was unveiled in 1962 until production shut down in 2008. I do, however question the motivation behind shoving said V6 into the Beetle. It looks like the forward third of the engine sits outside of where the engine cover would sit, and having the radiator and electric fans sitting where the back window isn’t helping anything out.
From the ad:
73 vw beetle with 3800 needs some work to run and drive but would be a fun project. Needs starter and radiator hoses to run and drive. Has new brakes on back and i have all interior parts including a back window call or text for more info. Clean title 1500 or best offer would consider trades maby a 1911 45. And $500 cash or just let me know what you got
I think I’d like this better if the VW was converted to Baja Bug specs, but that’s just me. What do you think?
(Thanks to Ron Ward for the tip!)