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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 people bought and breadfruit in sufficient quantities for the AP to them, and enough people Renaults and Fiats and Hillmans and VWs to a flourishing aftermarket of suppliers of and hop-up parts.  There for example, at least four superchargers available for the VW in 1955.

Volkswagen Cabrio Okrasa

The no doubt horrified the Germans in Wolfsburg. No modifications should be to its cars. Thirty-two horsepower was  And anyway, VWs were in the 750 to 1200 cc Production Class, back then was much to today’s showroom stock.

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.”

On a corner lot on Roberta Street in Calif. was a small brick and on the front was a picture of a globe and the European Motor Products, and inside were shelves of Porsche, Renault and Volkswagen EMPI, later to become one of the in VW hop-up parts, was already speed parts made in by Oettinger Kratsfahrttechnische Spezialanstalt, or for short.  Jones opted for the Power Kit: Hi Compression” dual port heads, intake manifolds, a pair of Type” 32 Solex carburetors, as as

air cleaners, throttle linkages, line and assorted nuts, 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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