1964 Volkswagen Bug

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

Berg shifter with line lock switch.
Can you pick out what Mario did while they were not looking? 🙂