Last updated on August 30, 2023
Today’s car is a 1964 Volkswagen Bug owned by Nick Romero. The build was a family project with Nick, his brother Danny, and Nick’s son Taylor who all played key roles in this build. I photographed this car at 25th Annual El Segundo Main Street Car Show. The car is finished in Sea Blue with a gray Italian leather that frames the Pendleton wool plaid inserts on the seats, door panels and sun visors.
It is powered by a 200 hp, 2,332 cc flat 4 engine, with dual Italian Weber 48IDA carburetors and mated to a 5-speed standard transmission with 3.88:1 ring & pinion. Slowing this beast down are Strange Engineering disc brakes in all 4-corners. It has independent front suspension RLR 4″ narrowed beam with Strange Engineering shock absorbers, and a ride stabilizer. The rear suspension is independent through swing axles with trailing arms, Sway-A-Way torsion bars and adjustable spring plates with Strange Engineering Shocks.
The VW Beetle was produced worldwide from 1938 to 2003 with a total 0f 21,529,464 being produced with 948,3707 of them produced in 1964 worldwide. The 1964 U.S. production was 251,806 sedans and 7,606 were convertibles. The MSRP was $1,565.00. It had a published top speed of 72 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 19.1 seconds. This is an amazing Volkswagen that did not miss any details and every piece of the car is tastefully put together. What a great car to take to car shows, Cars & Coffee events, or just cruising around town with the pride that you, your brother, and son put it together. Thank you for riding along. Frank