Aggressive, affordable, and really cool, a Baja Bug like this 1960
Volkswagen Beetle is going to be a lot of fun for little money -
both on the street and trail.
The bold red paint makes it easy to spot this VW. And while a
Beetle may be small, a Baja Bug is always big with attitude. These
took the tough-as-nails image of the VWs and wears it like a badge
of honor. The new fiberglass front hood, clipped fenders, and short
rear panel have the unmistakable look of a mean machine. Large
15-inch white wheels look great as part of a lifted suspension
package. And if you're going to run at night, Hella spotlights and
LEDs front and rear make sure you can see the way forward with
ease. The exoskeleton looks terrific and functional with the
tubular steel protecting the front end, rockers, and the motor
hanging off the rear. And just to make sure no one will mistake
this for the standard Bug, there's the cool-looking and very
functional shark-fin oil cooler on the roof.
While Volkswagen already built a strong body, this Beetle has been
enhanced for off-road duty. That's why you get good features like
the roll cage, custom aluminum dash, a proper master kill switch,
20-gallon fuel cell, and a new set of racing suspension seats with
Tiger racing harnesses. A sports steering wheel, EMPI shifter, and
proper toggle switches on the dash are all about making sure you
have firm control in all situations. And while you still have the
classic VDO gauge is there for old-school charm, it's now flanked
by the right readouts for the info you need.
The engine on a Baja Bug is worth the price of admission all on its
own. The 1915cc motor hangs off the cut rear end like an angry
beast that doesn't want to be confined. This is only backed up by
the tubular cage, and header package that looks like a den of
snakes. This motor is part of a quality rebuild that is said to
have happened about 100 miles ago. It includes new pistons, rings,
cylinder heads, starter, alternator, belt, spark plugs, intake
boots, fuel pump/filter, fuel lines, and carburetor. The Tri-Mil
exhaust tip adds some burly tones to the iconic air-cooled clatter.
Beyond this rough appearance is the reliable flat-four heart we all
love in a Beetle. The four-speed manual transmission has a new
clutch for maximum control and maximum fun, and the lifted
suspension is on KYB shocks to complete this rough-n-ready
Complete with build receipts, all Beetles were created equal... but
only some were modified for pure enjoyment like this. So when a
smile machine is this affordable, you know you have to act fast.