590 ZT

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Registration Mark
590 ZT
(a) Type:
Type 1
(b) Year:
(c) Colour:
Metallic Grey
(d) Paint code:
(e) Engine CCs:


(a) Country of origin:
(b) County first reg'd:
(c) Current or last known location:

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This 1977 Cork registered beetle is very special indeed. Restored and modified in Cork back the early 1990’s, it featured lowered suspension, Porsche brakes all round, a tough Type 4 motor with upright Porsche cooling, elcetric window, Porsche seats, clocks and steering wheel as well as Porsche wheels on each corner. The crowning glory was a Porsche 5 speed gearbox mated to a locking Gene Berg Shifter. Check out the spec below to get a feel for what this German Look Beetle was like!

The transformation from a late 70’s car to a 60’s looking German Look was made possible by adding fibreglass 6 volt wings, long bonnet and an EMPI fibreglass vented engine lid and blade bumpers.

It was painted Porsche Blue and sold on as an unfinished project. It went through a number of owners before finding a home with Graham Cullen in Tipp who added a metallic grey wrap, Ireland’s first one piece wrap on a Beetle. Graham recommissioned the Beetle which now runs a 1600cc engine and covered many (fast) miles behind the wheel. Moving on to camper ownership and having a Trekker to play with the Porsche Beetle was sold on too a new owner in Dublin.

Spec as it was with the Type 4 motor in place:

IRS chassis with torsion front suspension
• Type 4 2.4L JMR Engine
o Built by John Maher Racing
o Internally, everything new except crank and case
o Porsche 914 3-stud cylinder heads
o Webcam camshaft
o JE barrels and pistons
o New heavy-duty valve springs
o 45*39 valves
o New heavy-duty valve followers
o Porsche 11-blade cooling fan and alternator
o New clutch
o Dellorto 45s
o Melling oil pump
o BAS exhaust with heat exchangers
o Lots of new BAS parts
o Porsche 914 case machined for upright cooling
o Dyno-ed at 149bhp
o Estimated 0-60mph in the low sixes
o Estimated ET time in the 14s
• Porsche 944 Turbo brakes front and rear, with vented discs.
• Porsche 901 five speed gearbox
• Porsche trailing arms and CV joints
• Additional external oil cooler
• Porsche Cup1 17″ Alloys
• Adjustable front suspension
• Pop-out rear side windows
• Day Mouldings’ ‘glass wings (weight saving)
• Fully restored body and oven baked respray
• EMPI ‘eyebrow’ deck-lid
• Stainless-steel bumpers (not cheap repro chrome version)
• Porsche fluted front lenses
• Genuine aero-style fuel filler
• Roll cage available to be fitted
• Gene Berg locking gear-shifter
• Porsches gauges
• Porsche seats front and rear – drivers side seat has electric
• Electric windows

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