Volkswagen Beetle with Chevy V8 Swap

As one of the most iconic cars in history, the Volkswagen Beetle and its air-cooled engine are revered around the world for its utter simplicity. These cars are small, efficient, and easy to work on. But when it comes to power and acceleration, they are severely lacking.

This enterprising car owner took it upon himself to do something about it. What he’s done is removed the original flat-four engine in the back of the car and replaced it with a big American V8 in the front! From my eye, it looks to be a small block Chevy motor – probably a 305 or 350.

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1937 Diamond T Model 80D Pickup

I must confess, dear reader, that I had never heard of a Diamond T until I was standing in front of one. If you’re not familiar with them either, don’t feel bad. This Chicago-based company was mostly known for producing heavy trucks for the military during World War II. They only made a very small number of pickup trucks between 1938 and 1949 (less than 400 total). One of these was the Model 80D seen here.

This truck originally had a Hercules QX series 6-cylinder engine. This has been swapped out for a Tuned Port Injection 305 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 engine. It has also been fully restored with new paint and hardware throughout.

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1961 LS3 Pro-Touring Corvette Convertible

One of the cars that caught my eye at Barrett-Jackson 2013 was this gleaming red 1961 Corvette Convertible. Like a bald eagle or a baseball game, the sight of a first-generation Corvette is one of those symbols that should fill any red-blooded American with a sense of pride. It certainly caught my attention, and I went in for a closer look.

This car is built in the “Pro-Touring” style, which means it is an older car (roughly from the 50s to the 70s) that has been upgraded with today’s technology. I have a fondness for pro-touring cars, and this one was absolutely perfect.

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LS9-Powered 1963 Corvette Split Window

1963 was a very special year for the Corvette. It was the debut year for the C2 Corvette which featured a new interior, an upgraded chassis, and an all-new exterior look. The critically acclaimed design was available as both a coupe and a convertible. Coupes had a futuristic fastback-style rear window, which was split for 1963 only.

With that in mind, we can agree that the 1963 split-window Corvette is a pretty special car that is desireable today. But there’s something about this particular ’63 Vette that makes it extra special: under the hood is a supercharged LS9 V8 engine from the sixth-generation Corvette ZR1!

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1964 Citroen DS with Custom V8 LS1 Swap

It’s not often that you hear the words “Citroen” and “high performance” in the same sentence. The DS pictured above is most famously known for its unique styling and many technological advancements which were ahead of its time. However, there’s something special about the DS pictured above. I’ll see if you can guess what it is.

The Citroen DS was originally a front-wheel drive car, but this particular model has been converted to rear-wheel drive and its four-cylinder engine has been replaced with a Chevrolet LS1 V8 engine.

This particular car is the only known V8, rear-drive DS in existence. It was built in 2006 by Hot Rod builder Kevin Bradley’s Kreations Auto Body in Northern California. Besides the engine, the car also features an Art Morrison G-Max chassis, Wilwood brakes, and Billet Specialties wheels. The car crossed the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2011 for just $49,500.

According to the Barrett-Jackson website, the car was displayed at the 2006 SEMA show and has also been featured in the March 2007 issue of Hot Rod magazine. I ran across this blue beauty at Cars and Coffee in Scottsdale, Arizona in February 2012.

In essence, this car combines French design with American muscle in a unique combination that has both “show” and “go.” You can visit the Kreations Auto Body website for a slide show of build photos.

UPDATE: Well as it turns out, this car was built for rock legend Alice Cooper. It was listed on eBay in September 2013 with a reserve price of $115,000. The eBay listing provided a wealth of additional information, including the build cost for this one-of-a-kind car: over $300,000! The car also features:

  • 400HP LS1 crate motor
  • Automatic transmission
  • Full custom roll cage
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Fully adjustable upgraded independent suspension
  • Interior features custom grey leather interior, dash gauges, LED lighting, stereo plus more
  • Art Morrison chassis
  • Performance Wilwood disc brakes
  • Power steering
  • Exterior custom paint is Volvo 457 Flash Green with white pearl accents
  • Mustang II geometry front suspension and four link rear suspension
  • Alden shocks
  • Custom Billet Specialties chrome wheels
  • New AC and heat

Also included in the auction were an autographed guitar and tour photo, 2 tickets to Alice Cooper’s holiday Christmas Pudding show, and the opportunity to play a round of golf with him. The auction ended at $83,400 and the reserve price was not met.