"WICKED66" is a '70 Mexican Bug body installed on a '66 swing axle chassis and titled as a '66. The modified Bug was professionally built in Mexico and sold into California as a custom order.
This strategy became popular in California in the '70's as a way to get around annual e-test requirements.
The Bug moved from California to Florida and eventually found its way into Canada.
WICKED66 was sold from our private collection at The Old Volks Home in Mallorytown, Ontario to a buyer in Collingwood, Ontario in February 2021.
We spotted the old VW Bug for sale near Ottawa Ontario in 2011. It was truly mint... BUT... it did have a noisy transmission.
We brought the Bug home and took the trannie to Leduc Racing for a rebuild. That's when we came up with the idea of creating an Old School Performance Bug ... And so the extensive build began!
WICKED66 was not raced, although we did take it to the VW Nationals in NJ once just for fun. Watch the video below of that day and you will see that the car was driven off the line...no wheel spin at all. It was built for the street and VW enjoyment.
Here is a copy of a surprise email we received from a previous owner who had spotted WICKED66 on Facebook.
Robert Caldwell <caldwell@xxxxxx
Thu 19-Nov-2020 8:29 AM
This is a long story, but you might be interested anyway.
There was a very large VW Dealership in Mexico City. He and his sons owned over 6 VW dealerships. One other son decided he wanted to do something different, so he started a company in Nogales Mexico, on the border with Nogales, Arizona. (There is only a road and border fence dividing these 2 towns, and I have been there several times to both places, just walking through customs from one to the other.)
Anyway, this guy would bring new Beetles from this father's dealership to Nogales Mx and strip them down to the chassis, then mainly US customers would bring their good but old VW pans to him, and he would strip them and use POR 15 coating on them and then install all the new components on that chassis, thus the serial number on the pan was still there and it could be legally registered in US or Canada.
Yours (WICKED66) was built for a gentleman in California, who then sold it to a guy in Miami, who drove it daily for about a year and put it up for sale.
I saw it on the net and bought it from him, had it shipped to Kanata (Ontario Canada), where I lived (paid shipping, duty & taxes so all was legal).
I didn't drive it, only 100km total, as it sat in my garage. I finally was getting ready to move back to NB, so I sold it on Kijiji to a retired RCMP officer, as a present to his wife, who always wanted a beetle.
So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Robert Caldwell, who wrote that unsolicited email, purchased the bug from Florida in late 2007. The car was appraised for $12,500 in October 2007 prior to being registered for road use in Canada. It had 49,915 km (31,000 miles) on it at the time.
Engine Build Leduc Racing
Replacement Cost (2020) - $8,550
More Engine Details
EMPI's GTV-2 Racing VW Dual Port Cylinder Heads - Sept. 2020
Cost installed $1,800 CDN
September 2020 - Other Improvements
Rebuilt by Leduc Racing
All new parts
Replacement Cost (2020) $3,000
February 2012 – CIP1 – $2,145
New Auto Meter Nexus Gauges $1,366
September 2012 – DPD Auto - $318
August-October 2012 – $3,600
The engine and transmission was completed in late spring of 2012. We had them installed in Whitby Ontario. In addition to the Engine & trannie installation, we had other mods completed.
Inexplicably, the engine started running poorly while in Whitby and the shop was not able to sort out the problem. It was flooding badly and the installer was not an engine builder. The Bug was trailered from Whitby directly to Last Chance Auto Restoration.
October 2012 – December 2013 – Last Chance Auto - Parts & labour over the year - $9,898
We were concerned about the excessive engine flooding so we had Last Chance Auto remove the engine and tear it down to make sure no damage had been done by excess fuel in oil. It was fine.
October 2015 – Wicked Garage Ottawa - $2,067
We were never able to tune the Weber carbs and although we were only using the car for the odd VW event, it always bothered me that it would occasionally backfire.
We searched for carb tuners and found Wicked Garage in Ottawa. While the car was there, we had them adjust the disc brake setup.
May 2016 – Upholstery by Shon Ottawa - $4,800
We had Shon do the custom upholstery and install the power window regulators purchased from Horton’s in 2014.
October 2016 - Last Chance Auto - $4,153
There was a slight pulsing in the brake pedal and some of the typical VW oil seepage coming from the push rod tubes which was annoying.
May 2020 - Joe Leroux - $3,800
Joe Leroux is a well known collector/restorer in Eastern Ontario.It had been about 8 years and 4500 miles since the engine build, so we decided to pull the engine and freshen up the engine bay. We wanted bolt-on valve covers as well.When doing valve covers, Joe spotted a factory-defective head and also found a weak starter.
"WICKED" was selected as a theme and we hired Shon. Cost $4800.
Custom door panels with custom speaker grills.
No cracking on original dash. Notice the clean, rust-free paint on door jam.
The original interior was in the Bug when we purchased it... and it was like NEW !
This photo shows the original frames and stuffing as we found it. Notice the factory sticker still on the stuffing.
This is a close up of the original Mexico manufacturer label that you can see on the center of the seat stuffing in the above photo.
It still is on the seat today!
This Restored Vintage VW has...
Wheels, tires, hardware cost - $1,500
Brake and Suspension Mods
New cost installed - $2,300
Auto Meter LED Nexus Analog Gauges
Nexus Gauges with Programmable 7 Color LED Lighting.
Cost Installed - $1,800
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