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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1956 Volkswagen Beetle restomod

Utilitarian transportation has never looked so hot-rod


Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this 1956 Volkswagen Beetle sunroof restomod. This Bug features an overhauled and upgraded drivetrain via an air-cooled 1915cc flat-4 with dual Weber carburetors and a performance camshaft. The engine is paired to a 4-speed manual transaxle. Additionally, the Beetle has been updated with a 12-volt electrical system. Cosmetics have been enhanced with a fresh paint job, retractable cloth sunroof, whitewall tires and brightwork accents. This tastefully modified Volkswagen Beetle is now offered by the selling dealer with a clear Nevada title.

Painted white and topped with a red cloth sunroof, this 1956 Volkswagen Beetle restomod features chrome bumpers with bumper guards, bright headlight rings, oval rear window and semaphores in the B-pillar.

1956 VW Beetle restomod

Red steel wheels with VW-monogrammed hubcaps are wrapped in whitewall tires.

1956 VW Beetle restomod interior

The interior has been reupholstered with red vinyl low-back bucket seats and rear bench, complete with matching door panels, carpeting and floor mats. The dash and steering wheel are finished in contrasting white. Amenities include vent windows, sun visors and modern, hidden Infinity sound system.

1956 VW Beetle restomod dashboard and center stack

Retro-style Smiths instrumentation includes a 120-mph circular speedometer ahead of the driver and a series of four additional gauges in a custom center stack that includes fuel level, oil pressure, voltage and oil temperature readouts. The digital odometer reads 128 miles, although the true mileage on the chassis is unknown.

1,915cc flat-4 with twin Webers

The air-cooled 1,915cc flat-4 was rebuilt within the past year and is fed via a pair of Weber carburetors. Included in the build is a high-lift camshaft, high-ratio rocker arms, inline oil filter, electric oil cooler and 12-volt electrical system. Power is sent to the rear via a lightened flywheel and 4-speed manual transaxle. The main bearings, rod bearing, cam bearings, carburetor, pushrod tubes and alternator were either upgraded or replaced. Emissions from the big four escape through a high-performance muffler.

1956 VW Beetle restomod

The suspension has been lowered for a classic SoCal look.

1956 VW Beetle restomod trunk

This 1956 Volkswagen Beetle sunroof restomod ends on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 11:40 p.m. (PDT). Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in metropolitan Phoenix.


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