VALUE CHECKLIST

SALES@specialtyauto.com

Having trouble getting information about your potential 1957 Speedster replica purchase ? This list helps you to keep track of questions that you should ask the seller of any new or used Speedster replica product which catches your interest.

PRINT OUT THE FORM and Simply start at the top, ask questions, and check off the results. Compare the "yes" and "no" checks to see if you are getting desirable quality and safety levels and value for your money.  For every "no" ask how much it would cost ($) to incorporate that feature on their car.

                                  Specialty Auto-Sports, Inc. (SAS)

 TOPIC

VALUE QUESTION

SAS

OTHERS

COST TO ADD

BODY

INTERIOR

  1. Is the body shape of your car accurate to the original - are you sure
  2. Is the interior upholstery accurate to the original
  3. Do you use the Roadster style seats which slide-recline-lean
  4. Do the seats have head rests mounted to steel seat framing
  5. Do you have  3 point welded frame anchored retractable seat belts
  6. Do you use the original Square Weave wool blend carpet
  7. Is the floor the correct width and 4 inches wider than the VW pans
  8. Is the foot well approximately 6 inches longer than the VW pans
  9. Is the floor tunnel the correct width and height
  10. Are your fiberglass bodies and parts made in the USA with your molds
  11. Do you control the quality of the fiberglass bodies
  12. Do your bodies use the high quality isophthalic  resins and gel coats
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 DRIVELINE

  1. Is the engine mounted in the performance proven mid-ship location
  2. Is the engine water-cooled
  3. Is the standard engine rated at 170 hp with 165 lb-ft torque
  4. Is the engine a modern  Overhead Cam design (SOHC)
  5. Is the engine electronically fuel injected
  6. Is the engine maintenance free (devoid of points, condenser, distributor cap, rotor, timing, valve adjustment)
  7. Can this driveline be serviced at normal dealerships and service centers anywhere in the country
  8. Are chassis repair and tune up parts readily available at local parts stores
  9. Does this car have the working  EPA devices required by Federal law
  10. Do you have a written warranty on the engine and transmission
  11. Do you offer a modern automatic overdrive transmission (4 and 5 speed types)
  12. Do you offer CVT automatic transmissions
  13. Do you offer a modern 5 speed manual transmission
  14. Do you offer a modern 6 speed transmission
  15. Is the clutch system hydraulic
  16. Do you offer Turbo and 6 cylinder Boxer engines
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     SUSPENSION

  1. Are the front and rear suspensions independent type
  2. Is the front suspension a Macpherson type
  3. Is the rear suspension a double upper wishbone style
  4. Are all 4 spring rates adjustable
  5. Are ride heights adjustable
  6. Can the car be aligned with zero bump steer for ultimate performance
  7. Is the steering a Rack and Pinion style
  8. Are suspension and chassis components designed for 300+ hp not the VW 36-55 hp
  9. Does some one with an engineering back ground determine this
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FRAME

  1. Does the car have tubular structural welded frame - not a subframe
  2. Is the frame welded by a AWS certified welder
  3. Does the frame have diagonal bracing for strength
  4. Does the frame have front and rear crush zones
  5. Do the doors have internal steel structure
  6. Is the fuel tank mounted low and surrounded by heavy structural members for impact protection
  7. Are all 3 seat belt anchors mounted to this frame
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BRAKES

  1. Are 4 wheel disc brakes standard
  2. Are the brakes power assisted
  3. Do you have Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
  4. Are the brakes sized for the power capabilities of the car or even larger
  5. Does someone with an engineering back ground determine this
  6. Is the park brake handle located under the dash as original
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  ERGONOMICS 

  1. Does the car have 198 degree hot water heat and defrost
  2. Is Bi-level heat-AC-Defrost available
  3. Is the AC unit built into the cowl and concealed from view
  4. Will the AC cool the interior in 90 degree weather
  5. Will the heat-defrost warm the interior in 10 degree weather
  6. Are the seats fully adjustable (slide-lean-recline)
  7. Are roll up windows available.  Are they power assisted
  8. Do the rollup windows  seal against the body and top frame seals
  9. Can you hear the radio at 50 mph...60...70...80
  10. Is there a useful trunk at the front and rear of the car
  11. Do you offer heated seats
  12. Do you offer Cruise Control
  13. Does the car have windshield washers
  14. Does the car have an anti-theft system
  15. Does the car have anti-theft immobilizer system
  16. Can the engine be accessed easily from all six sides

 

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