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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-22-2007, 09:10 AM
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Re: Anyone familiar w/ Beck 550 Spyder replica car? Is this a good car to get?

I love the Beck Spyder, but for the same money or even less, I would look into a Factory Five roadster.

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Re: Anyone familiar w/ Beck 550 Spyder replica car? Is this a good car to get?

I've had my eye on a 550 replica for a while. From what I gathered, most people really dont buy them as a kit, that is assembled by the buyer. Most are 100% ready to go, minus motor and transaxle. Prices range, but expect to pay $20k min up to $35ish. Personally, I have migrated away from the 550, since it really isn't an everyday driver. very cool though. I still love the look of the car, but for $30k, i would rather get something i can drive in the rain.

If you want to drop some real cash on a 550, consider a Suburu WRX STi motor in lue of the air cooled VW type. From what i could tell, it might be a bit easier to locate a WRX motor than a tuned VW. the VW motors are getting pretty $$$ due to age and collectability.

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Re: Anyone familiar w/ Beck 550 Spyder replica car? Is this a good car to get?

They make beautiful kits. Type 4 is a later air-cooled VW engine, also referred to as a "pancake" motor, iirc, due to the fact that it's flat (including it's cooling fan) vs. the earlier type 1 motors with their vertical cooling fans and shrouds. The type 4's are found most commonly in the post-71 buses, again iirc, but also in the horribly ugly 4xx series of the early/mid 70's (i.e. 411, 412 models).

They type 1 is more "period correct" for the 550, but you're never gonna get 4 cams regardless

As to the comment that a subie engine might be easier to find, or cheaper, I doubt it. There's a HUGE (repeat: HUUUUGE) air-cooled VW after market. You can get 0 mile turn key engines from 1500-2200cc in any state of tune you want. Or get all the (relatively cheap) parts and build the beauty yourself. Decent power out of em, too. Easily matching what Porsche managed out of the original 4-cam engines. Just pick up an issue of Hot VW magazine, or there's another common one on the newsstands too. Just check all the engine parts and builders ads.

edit: the 914 used the VW type 4 engine also, my bad.

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