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Recycled Hawtness: Paul Mid-engine Indy V8-powered VW

We’ve often said the greenest car is the one that’s already and we’ve featured several cars. bikes. and even here on Gas 2 that loudly “You don’t need a new and, hopefully, inspire you to put love and more elbow into your existing car and – if you do it – end up with something that’s more than the sum of its parts.

brings me to this car. The “Godzilla”. The OG, as it were. Newman’s own racing V8-powered Volkswagen and it may be the first car to be nicknamed “Godzilla” by the press way back in the 1960s, and it was earning its monstrous reputation 48 years before Nissan’s R35 along) at places like Speedway, where some cat “Paul Newman” was using it to John Z. Delorean’s hotshoes at a “open house” trackday.

Even without its famous history, this car deserves ounce of respect you can give it. that, underneath the unassuming and stock-looking VW Type I shell is a Eisert -designed IndyCar-style that had 351 cubic inches of Racing V8 engine built by the at Holman Moody stuffed its members. That Ford V8 was to a ZF transaxle á la Ford GT40. Up a custom-fabricated, double-wishbone front and a rack-and-pinion steering setup the VW’s torsion bars. A set of coilovers pushed the tires to the while, out back, a set of Corvair-sourced arms worked in concert an Eisert-designed a-arm.

In short, Paul Newman’s V8 Volkswagen was (and I say this hyperbole) the sikkest sleeper car of Even knowing that, you get a better sense of what car really was (is?) when you underneath. Luckily, one of the car’s Roy Gardner, posted a number of photos of the car, and shared a of the car’s story …

I attended College in Alta Loma, in the early seventies because I’d in Hot Rod Magazine it was one of the finest automotive in the country. They had an accredited program with weekday and all-Saturday lab, taught by Fisk. They designed, and operated Formula V cars, an El drag car, a scratch-built streamliner, a Rambler Scrambler 500 car (ex James Garner, could be a ‘nother website), race car with a 455 Olds engine, and While I was earning my A.S. in Automotive Technology, I saw the Beetle in the storage yard. I was intrigued and about it. The story I was told was Newman wanted to blow off the and Porsches on Mullholland Avenue in Los with the unlikeliest of cars and Jerry Eisert, an Indy car

to build it for him.

He drove it a lot, then it to Chaffey (college).

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… I’ve out a few of the more telling photos of Newmans’ V8 Superbug, and highlighted of the features to pay attention to, below.

Roy posing with the car as it looked in its days”. It was painted in the more white/red, two-tone paint from the original red.

you can see the Ford GT40/ZF transaxle. people I’ve shown to seem to think this is a Pantera setup, but it’s mentioning that Paul bug pre-dates the Pantera by at least a

This is a good shot of the front suspension and subframe, and a decent shot of the car’s advanced “flat floor”, wouldn’t be picked up in another until the Ferrari F355 30-odd years later. You can make out the hard cooling connecting the front-mounted radiators to the V8.

Roy also got to drive the car occasionally, if photo is to be believed. How he avoided the to start frantically gunning the and setting the ass end of the car on smoky, rubbery while one of his buddies filmed him a legit piece of automotive is totally beyond me, but he was good to also post these old of HotRod articles that the car, so I guess we can forgive

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