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1960 VW Beetle Turbo Charged

This 1960 Beetle is a serious bit of gear. The car has undergone an extensive transformation with the focus 100% on overall performance. The bug has previously competed in Targa Tasmania rally along with a host of other events.

The car was built in Brisbane in 1997 by Guy Harding (Now Harding Performance). Guy then raced the Beetle in the 1998 Targa Tasmania where he won first place in the “Classic 1300” class. While the car still presents the same as it did during its Targa campaign, the running gear has since received some serious upgrades. The body is solid and presents well however it is to be noted there is some imperfection and blistering present in the paintwork up close in the right light. The chrome bumpers and trim are well presented and in good condition. Inside the car is all business with the rear seats removed and a roll cage in the back half of the car. In the back is neatly painted to match the outside and there is a battery with isolation switch as well as ignition box and coil. In the front is a pair of racing bucket seats with Sparco harnesses. Carpets are no longer present and exchanged for a painted floor for that race car feel. The dash has some aftermarket gauges to keep an eye on the vital signs and a shift light hidden behind the vent. In the front there is a large aluminium fuel cell.

The fun begins when you remove the boot lid to reveal the extensive amount of work and go fast goodies underneath. The engine is a 2.3L scat stroker. Starting with a CB Performance aluminium case with raised deck, deburred and spot faced then tapped for full flow. This is paired with a CB performance 84mm balanced crank. Rods are CB Performance H-Beam 5.6 items with 94mm Mahle stroker pistons and rings. The cam is a LBC 3.5 turbo cam with LBC lifters. Bugpack street eliminator heads were turbo prepped, ported and deburred. A .060 Copper head gasket seals the oil inside. Scat 1.25 ratio rockers with swivel foot adjusters and chromoly push rods keep the valve train working.

Ignition is provided by an MSD distributer locked out at 24 degrees. Up top a turbo prepped Holley 500 2 barrel carb is force fed by the T04B Garret turbo charger currently set to 8 PSI for street use. A 38mm wastegate controls pressures that can easily be upped to in excess of 20 psi for when you need to get away in a hurry. A 3 quart deep sump along with external oil filter and 30mm Melling oil pump keeps everything lubricated. Fuel is provided by a Holley blue fuel pump with regulator set at 7lbs. Finally a hidden 3” exhaust system allows the gasses to flow freely while the wastegate outlet is positioned out the back to appear like a factory style exhaust.

The trans and drivetrain have all been upgraded to include a Rancho built pro street wing axle, 3.88 ring and pinion and super beetle main shaft. A Sachs throw out bearing and stage 3 heavy duty clutch control things. Inside is 4 spider gears with 3rd and 4th welded. The shifter itself is a billet short throw item with reverse lock out. Swing away chromoly axles get the power from box to wheels. Pulling up all that horsepower is a set of four wheel disc brakes with adjustable bias. The suspension has all been upgraded including heavy duty sway bars. The bug sits low over a set of Empi Speedwell wheels.


Located at 2 Palings Court, Nerang on the Gold Coast.

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