If staying safer, dry, (warm or cool), and comfortable is important to you...

 our 1957 Coupe is the answer

 power rollup windows, greater visibility, larger interior, glove box, radio console.

  Specialty Auto-sports, inc. 1957 COUPE  

 Standard Build Sheet  Summary: fuel injected 170hp mid-engine water cooled/automatic overdrive transmission/4 wheel disc brakes/ independent front and rear/hot water heat-defrost/ see more below




How does a standard VW 1957 COUPE compare ?

Typical industry example

Standard Cost  

$37,700.00  $24,950.00

Engine Type 

Subaru -4 cylinder horizontally opposed included VW Beetle 4 cylinder
Single Overhead Cams (2 cams)  no lash adjustments required  included single cam in block requiring periodic lash  adjustments
water-cooled included air- cooled

Mid-engine mounted

included rear mount



  2500cc       170 hp  166 lb-ft torque

included 2332cc 150 HP    $3950.00 option (warranty ??)

Fuel delivery


Electronic Fuel injected - multi port

included dual carburetors - requiring adjustments

OBD II  CAN-bus engine management system

Electronic using cam and crank position sensors -  (no distributor, points, condenser, rotor, distributor cap, vacuum advance, timing requirements) included distributor, points, condenser, rotor, distributor cap, vacuum advance, timing requirements

Emissions compliant


Yes - USA Domestic EPA certificate of conformity

included ? ask your DMV

Trans axle type


Automatic 4 speed overdrive

included 3.88 VW 4 speed only  $650.00

5 Speed Manual Overdrive


Chassis type


All new - Custom designed structural tubular frame

included 40 yr old VW pan

Front suspension


Chapman strut  with adjustable coil-over spring

included VW torsion bars with trailing arms

Rear suspension


Independent (IRS) with double upper wishbones, 2 lower control arms- longitudinal trailing arms- adjustable coil over shock

included $900.00

performance package + $550.00



New Rack and pinion

included VW gear box

Brakes (front-rear)


Power assisted 4 wheel disc with ABS

included with IRS package

Park Brake


   356A style Tee handle below dash     

included handle between seats
Wheel base      Actual Coupe 82.7"  (82.7")            ?
Front track           Actual Coupe 51.4" (51.6")           ?
Rear track       Actual Coupe 50.1" (50.0")            ?

Empty Finished weight (lb)  approx.    


    * later    5  Speed         * later   automatic

2400 # ?

Front/rear weight (balance)       


*later automatic

 *later 5 speed                                   

  typically 38/62

weight/power ratio


(/170)  #/hp  automatic  

 (/170)#/hp  5speed

 #/hp automatic

#/hp  5speed

36#/hp with 50 hp VW -4 spd    

13 #/hp with optional 150 hp VW

Wheel size


Original Style Wide 5     15 "  10 slots

included 15x4.5   8 slots

Bolt pattern


5 lug

included $500.00

Tire size



included ?

Steering column


New - GM style directional and hazard

included VW

Wiper system


2 speed/park/- cable drive

included VW swing arm

windshield washer 

included ?



195 degree hot water - abundant air flow

included air cooled- no heat/defrost

Body Finish


 Base/Clear coat System any color

included ?

Convenience features

3 point retractable seat belts - frame mount included ?
Dual door mirrors - period type included ?

Locking Door Handles

included ?

Door Map Pockets

included ?

Kick panel storage pockets

included ?

Seat back storage pockets

included ?

Roadster Seats - tilt/slide/recline

included included

Power rollup windows

included $500.00 ???

Hazard lights - 4 way flasher

included ?

Vintage style instrumentation

included included

AM-FM-CD stereo

included $690.00

Interior courtesy lights

included ?
square weave carpet included $350.00

cigar lighter - accessory plug

included ?

Front trunk storage - locked Carpeted

included carpet  $175.00

Rear trunk storage -locked Carpeted

included ?

16 gallon fuel tank frame protected - steel protective firewall

included 8gal positioned over occupants legs

Halogen seal beams

included ?

full engine access for maintenance

included ?

discrete cup holder

included ?
Glove Box - lighted included ?
rain gutters included ?




$  32,315.00 #


# - How much would you have to add to the above VW Coupe to get the all of our Coupe standard items listed below not found on the above VW Coupe ??  :
20 more horse power *SOHC  mid-engine performance electronic fuel injection
electronic ignition *automatic overdrive trans new structural tubular chassis
*rack and pinion steering independent front and rear adjustable suspension 5 lug wheels with 10 slots
*mid-mounted engine proper brake handle location  
no maintenance rituals *16 gallon frame protected fuel tank *abundant heat-defrost (hot water)
  is there more ???...........  probably 4" wider interior

* these additional items are not even available on a VW Coupe  !

        Would they cost more than  $3385.00  ?  Choose only 2 and get an estimate (electronic fuel injection and rack and pinion steering)   How about resale value ?

would these  be good questions to ask your VW Coupe dealer?