Wow, VW hit SEMA really hard this year, especially with the Beetle. Pretty much every model of Beetle that was heading to SEMA – Rotiform Beetle, Beach-Battle Cruiser Beetle , and the Super Beetle – were all readily available with images, but the Chopped Beetle by Gaplin Auto Sports was not, for some reason.
Well, GAS has just released an image of this chop-top Beetle and some extra information. It is based on the 2013 VW Beetle Turbo , which means it features a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a 6-speed transmission. There’s no mention of any additions to the engine, so we assume that it remains bone stock.
On the outside, GAS doused it with an Onyx Black base coat and accented the sides with Candy Apple Red metal-flake paint, giving it an awesome look. GAS then took to the top of the Beetle, hacking 5.5 inches off of the A-pillar and 2.5 inches off of the B-pillar, giving it that classic chop-top look, while retaining the classic humped roofline.
Adding to its bespoke look, GAS deleted the rear windows and added in rear air scoops in their place. If you have seen rodded beetles that retain their rear-mounted engines, this is a very common modification to get a little more airflow to the engine. Given this is a front-mounted engine, it’s just there for show.
Adding to its style is a set of 20-inch, 3-piece Forgiattos handmade rims. GAS them topped off the outside by adding tint to the headlights and taillights, giving this already sinister- and vintage-looking Beetle a little more darkness.
On the inside, the vintage treatment continued, as GAS tossed in vintage-style black leather that features red accent stitching. The headliner is dyed to match the vintage cow hide on the rest of the interior. Wrapping the inside and outside together, GAS painted the interior trim panels and dashboard with the same Candy Apple Red metal flake that sets off the exterior. We are still awaiting images of the interior and we will get them to you ASAP.
Overall, we think this was well worth the delay in getting the images, we just wish it had a little something extra under the hood.
Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) “Chopped Top” Beetle
The customization team at Galpin Auto Sports and Galpin Volkswagen in Southern California have taken a modern Beetle, incorporated a number of vintage features and created a vehicle that harkens back to chopped-top Beetle models of the past.
One of the most striking design elements of this show car is the custom chopped roof; lowered 5.5-inches at the A-pillar and 2.5-inches at the B-pillar for the ultimate raked look. An equaling striking paint scheme was utilized in Onyx Black with Candy Apple Red metal flake.
The chassis on the Beetle was lowered and stiffened with Neuspeed lowering and springs sway bars. Vintage Porsche style hand-made, three-piece 20-inch wheels replace the factory pieces. Continuing the vintage feel, the rear quarter windows were sealed with vintage style scoops while the headlights and taillights were tinted to reinforce its new bolder appearance.
Inside, GAS replaced the seats with vintage-style black leather surfaces with red contrast stitching, added a custom matching headliner and painted interior trim panels and the IP with the same Candy Apple Red metal flake found on the exterior.
The Galpin Auto Sports Beetle show car will be on display at the entrance of the Central Hall.