Imagine if you had quandaries over just which old VAG A4-platform boutique car you wanted to own—New Beetle or Audi TT. Just how might you solve this vexing dilemma?
Well, if you’re Canadian then you just roll them together and be done with it. That’s just what a Canuck named Greg Henderson did back in the day, creating the New BeeTTle kit to TT-ize Volkswagen’s reborn People’s Car. The kits apparently crossed the line as far as trademark infringement was concerned in the eyes of Volkswagen, and the German company sued Henderson’s Canadian bacon. There’s not much info out there as to how many of these BeeTTle kits actually were created—if any—but regardless, the seller of this one claims this one to be the first.
The changes are to the front and rear clips, hood and hatch which... well just look at the pictures. It has a Auto Union’d grille up front and a humpty in the back. Inside, there’s heavily stitched two-tone leather seats, emulating the baseball glove style that debuted on the early versions of Audi’s retro sportster. Mechanically, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that this is a three-pedal Beetle, with a five-speed for all your rowing pleasure. The bad news is that connected to that is VW’s naturally aspirated 2.0 four, a wheezer with just 114-bhp. Yawn.
The ad notes new brakes and fluids, as well as a promise of regular maintenance having been maintained, and smokers shunned. The A/C is in working order and there’s a clean title to go along with it so insurance shouldn’t be a hassle—that is, if only you can decide what name to insure it under.If you were to go that far, you’d have to come up with $7,200, since that’s this one-off’s asking. You’ll now need to decide whether that seems a fair price for a rare car. What do you think, does $7,200 seem like a deal for this custom TT-ized Beetle? Or, does that price make indecision the better part of valor?