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euromodder 11-05-2019 10:10 AM

Looking for a unicorn
My VW up! on CNG is gone

It's been rear-ended by a Volvo and declared an economical total loss
Too costly to repair.
It was still legally drivable, but the insurance deal was too good not to take it.

So, looking for a new unicorn ...

Daox 11-05-2019 11:51 AM

Doh, sorry to hear that. But I'm glad you are okay (I am assuming).

What are you looking for as a replacement?

euromodder 11-07-2019 01:20 PM


Originally Posted by Daox (Post 610979)
But I'm glad you are okay (I am assuming).

Yeah, no physical harm done.

Just the up!'s trunk folding - aft & above of where the CNG tanks sit


What are you looking for as a replacement?
Well, a unicorn I'm afraid

Something more spacious, with a tow hook, 4x4 (want to go camping wild), economical and ecological ...

freebeard 11-08-2019 12:04 AM

When I was working one summer during college my 1952 Ford Fairlane hardtop (cream over light blue) was totaled while it was parked in front of my parents' house. I drove it that way the rest of the summer. ...while my insurance agent let a sailor on leave skip town.

I need to sell my unicorn, but it's on the wrong continent and it doesn't have tow hooks. :(

Can you get something to tide you over until VW ships the ID.Buzz?

euromodder 11-08-2019 08:06 AM


Originally Posted by freebeard (Post 611178)
Can you get something to tide you over until VW ships the ID.Buzz?

Won't be economical, being VW and electrified & all that, well, buzz about it

They'll want to market it as posh toy, Honda e style

Even the Transporter is already horrendously expensive
The Caddy is available on CNG, but is a 16 year old -Golf 5- vintage design

freebeard 11-08-2019 12:53 PM

Well I don't know what your budget is but...

The electric conversion is off-the-shelf.

The electric conversion and body shell run US$17K each. The doors, nose skin, suspension wheels and tires, wiring loom and paint would eat at least that much so US$50K to have a better camper than the ID.Buss.

euromodder 11-08-2019 01:31 PM

Jeez, they still make entire Bulli's

It'd be a struggle of epic proportions to get these on the road here

EV conversions are very rare , often taking a detour outside Belgium, then being re-imported after registering abroad (but in the EU)

freebeard 11-08-2019 02:04 PM

There is that, then.

Those bodies-in-white are aftermarket. VW has partnered with eClassics to produce Type I roller-skates that use e-Up! drivetrain, batteries and fast charger.

Two such conversions have already been built by Volkswagen with its partner eClassics, which named the cars "E-Käfer," käfer translating from German as beetle. Both cars are described as "near-production" prototypes . or proof-of-concept vehicles that show how customer-commissioned E-Beetles could look if ordered en masse. As Volkswagen plans to neither revive the Beetle under its electric vehicle brand, ID, nor put the ID Buggy into production, the eClassics-built E-Käfer is effectively your only shot at owning a Volkswagen-approved electric Beetle.
The EU equivalent of US$44K, IIRC. Then you could make a wooden camper body and let them freak out about that instead. :)

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 08-10-2021 01:36 AM


Originally Posted by euromodder (Post 611221)
Jeez, they still make entire Bulli's

Aftermarket support for most air-cooled Volkswagens is still reasonable, even though it may become too expensive sometimes.


It'd be a struggle of epic proportions to get these on the road here
I have already considered to try building one from scratch to use as a campervan, even though I'm not sure I would be able to circumvent restrictions against the fitment of Diesel engines into some vehicles in my country.

freebeard 08-10-2021 02:47 AM

Maybe there is someone in Brazil that is making something like this:

If not maybe it should be you. You could make a plaster female mold [with flash graphene!} that would pop out 10 or so fiberglass bodies before they wear out.

Drop that on any chassis and it would be what's classed as a class-A motor home in this country.

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