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1954 Volkswagen Beetle Top down and fast…sorta

1954 Cabrio Okrasa


Perhaps not what it once was, but the of the radically modified VW Beetle minor religion status in California, but then what It’s easy to forget in the 1950′s the Volkswagen was just imported car and that buying an car was like shopping in the weird section as the  supermarket.  Most preferred Red Delicious.

But apparently bought mangos and breadfruit in quantities for the AP to stock them, and people bought Renaults and and Hillmans and VWs to support a flourishing of suppliers of accessories and hop-up There were, for example, at four different superchargers for the VW in 1955.

1954 Volkswagen Cabrio

The concept no doubt horrified the back in Wolfsburg. No modifications be made to its cars. Thirty-two was enough.  And anyway, VWs raced in the 750 to 1200 cc Production which back then was closer to today’s showroom

But there were speed who wanted more than a top of 68 mph, and they wanted times under 30 seconds.  One of was a Connecticut Yankee named Jones.  Not long after 1954 Volkswagen Cabriolet VW dealer George Lazaravich who had the car for personal use, Jones a full-house hot-rodding of the convertible’s and upgraded the chassis.

Back in the the convertible, produced by Karmann, was to the U.S. only as a special direct from the factory.  had European-style “Heart taillights” (so for the shape of the lens on top of the reflector and lighted semaphores just the doors.

Lazaravich didn’t have the car It was built Nov. 25, 1954, and an dated Jan, 26, 1955, Jones took the car to Bond in Old Saybrook, Conn. for a complete rebuild, including a new crank, cam and On a car originally costing $1,995 sedan listed for only Jones spent a total of on modifications:  $192 for labor, for VW parts, and $542.05 for “accessories.”

Accessories?  On a corner lot on Roberta in Riverside, Calif. was a small building, and on the front was a picture of a and the name, European Motor Inc. and inside were of Fiat, Porsche, Renault and parts.  EMPI, later to one of the leaders in VW hop-up parts, was importing speed parts in Germany by Oettinger Kratsfahrttechnische or Okrassa for short.  Jones for the Hi-Torque Power Kit: Hi (7.5:1) dual port dual intake manifolds, a of “Porsche Type” 32 Solex as well as air cleaners, throttle fuel line and assorted bolts, washers and gaskets.

1954 Volkswagen Okrasa-modified (Click to enlarge)

Jones bought the Okrasa stroker kit that bumped displacement 1192 cc to 1286 cc, the EMPI camshaft and the EMPI Filtercooler, a cast aluminum canister allegedly reduced oil temperature 20 Jones also added an oil gauge, a tachometer, chrome pulls, a glove box door adjustable seats and a special plastic steering wheel a horn button with in the center surrounded by the signs of the apparently covering all the bases.  later added a front bar.

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