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For you guys with deep pockets, looks like Klaus Selbert has his race car for sale again.  The last photo looks like a VW Beetle engine is installed, but I wrote and asked, and I don't believe that's included in the sale.  Write seller to confirm.

 

I went to the Pittsburg Grand Prix at Schenley Park in 2015 to see the car run, having never seen a 700 on the road, or knew how they sound.  I believe the BMW  engine was installed then, didn't sound like a VW.  During 2012-13, I was shuttling between Oklahoma and Indiana for work, and swung around the northwest side of St. Louis hoping to see the car up close, but was denied, the owner thought I was going to steal some racing secrets. 

 

Scott

 

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Ray,

Here was my initial question:

"It appears you're running a Volkswagen engine in the car now. What are the other parts included in the sale?"

 

His reply: 

"Two engines are bmw and transmission also bmw. Thanks"

 

So it may include the VW in the car, that's why I put confirm with seller, didn't want a misunderstanding because of me.  His first posting didn't specify the manufacturer of the additional drivetrain parts.  It's now been changed as above.

 

 

 

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The engine in the pictures is a VW Type 1 flat four.  Dual twin throat carbs (either Weber or Dellorto) using a CB Performance crossbar linkage. No cooling fan or tins. Modified Japanese alternator.  Shifter inside looks like early VW with external (to tunnel) shift rod so I am assuming the 700 is using a VW transaxle.

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There's a shop nearby that specializes in air cooled VWs, unusual these days in central Indiana.  When I first bought my 700, I stopped at the shop and was told I could buy a "runnable" VW engine and transaxle for about $1500.  If my 700 engine build up costs me much more, I may go that route and assemble the 700 engine as a show piece.  Pension only goes so far.  Anyone here running a VW?

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My 700 has a VW engine.  It is not a simple bolt in.  I'm working on the new fire walls.  May be drive it this fall

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Hi,

I hope you're chronicling your build with plenty of photos.  Does the transaxle nose intrude much into the back seat area?  I know Ray's car and some in the U.K. have converted to CV joints and eliminated the rubber donuts, I imagine you're doing the same?   Have you weighed both drivetrains to know the impact on weight distribution?  I have a 1961 issue of HOT ROD magazine with an article showing a Corvair flat six drivetrain installed in a 700!   With the VW aftermarket, you can punch out a Beetle engine to have close to the displacement of a Corvair.  Are you going stock now, or hotrodding the VW? 

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