• May 20, 2011
This Volkswagen Beetle is priced to sell at $250,000. No, there's no typo in that figure. This 1963 VW Bug has celebrity ownership, as it once belonged to Mr. Paul Newman. Still not doing it for you at that price? Perhaps a peak under the hood will change your mind.

Paul Newman loved him some fast cars, and this '63 Beetle is no exception. Rather than stick with the old four-cylinder lump in the rear, Newman had IndyCar builder Jerry Eisert set out to turn the droptop bug into a super sleeper.

Eisert dropped a Ford 351 V8 into the middle of the Volkswagen. He added the five-speed ZF transmission (thought to have come from a Ford GT40), and the now-transformed Beetle was pushing out 300-horsepower. That's a whole lot of juice for this bantam-weight brawler. So much, in fact, that Newman's handlers advised him to sell the car before he got into serious trouble with it.

Paul Newman's Volkswagen Beetle Convertible sleeper is now up for sale, after receiving a full restoration. The seller wants $250,000 but is open to "serious offers." While we think 250 large is rather optimistic, there's no doubt this car has the potential to plaster permanent smiles on anyone who drives it. Check out OldBug.com for a look at the car's history.


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      Tom
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sure a nice drive in this Bug would give you quite a 'peak' under the hood. But, for a look at the engine, taking a 'peek' would be more helpful. Aside: Let's get our hyphenation straight here, too: The engine pushes out 300 horsepower. It's a 300-horsepower engine. Get the difference, AB? Hyphenate only when the two terms, together, operate as an adjective.
      Martin Edmonds
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh no the corn!
      ottoingineer
      • 3 Years Ago
      $250k seems a shade, um, optimistic to me, but if someone is willing, then "yay" for the seller. Interesting car, but I have been more fascinated with Newman's Volvo wagon sleepers (supercharged 5.0 engine) than I am with this.
      TOM ADDY FOODS B
      • 3 Years Ago
      "loved him some" How about learning to love another catch phrase
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car was featured in the latest Motor Trend Classic, as well
      chromal
      • 3 Years Ago
      Crack pipe.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      mikoprivat
      • 3 Years Ago
      how much for Paul Newmans BBQ sauce???