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11 January 2019

Beetle muscles up to become baby Camaro

By Mitchell TulkMitchell Tulk
The ultimate Bumblebee mash-up.

It seems to be the week of weird replicas.

Kit cars have been flooding the internet lately with the Lamborghini Aventador based on a Honda Accord and the Urus ute with the underpinnings of a Toyota 86.

Today's example is a Volkswagen Beetle that thinks it’s a Chevy Camaro.

Located in New York and for sale on Ebay at US$24,500, the ’76 Beetle chassis was shortened to an 80-inch wheelbase, while a shrunken Camaro Z28 body has been placed on top.

  • The decals and pinstriping are spot on. The decals and pinstriping are spot on.
  • Fake side exhausts? Check.  Fake side exhausts? Check.
  • A 350 Chev would be more fitting. A 350 Chev would be more fitting.
  • Does it come with the pot plant? Does it come with the pot plant?

It took the owner three years to complete and it's finished in Maserati Mediterranean Blue with ‘50s inspired pinstriping.

The ad states: "This is a custom show car that you can drive anywhere. It will surprise most street rods and muscle cars." But, probably for the wrong reasons.

Behind the front seats is a 2.3-litre flat-four (a common Beetle engine swap) making a healthy 172kW, which is paired to a manual gearbox.

Do you love or hate this mini Camaro? Let us know in the comments.