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Onan the Clumsy
21st Mar 2005, 23:24
I mean look at the thing. Even the gas cap's in the same place.

One word...Why?

flowman
22nd Mar 2005, 05:30
Why? - 'cause they were designed by the same bloke I would imagine.
He did change a few other bits as well.

Rollingthunder
22nd Mar 2005, 05:41
There are a few differences. You can vector a Carrera through a corner at a speed that would send a Beetle rolling into the trees.

finfly1
22nd Mar 2005, 05:56
When I was younger, there was a popular story that claimed that Paul Newman drove around in a VW Beetle with a Porsche engine in it. If true, it must have surprised a lot of other drivers.

Paranoid Parrot
22nd Mar 2005, 06:33
With the handling of the Beetle it would have surprised him a few times as well! :D

ORAC
22nd Mar 2005, 07:41
Someone in Cyprus in 1977 bought a Porsche and then found it had a Beetle engine.......

MadsDad
22nd Mar 2005, 08:26
Used to be quite a common mod for Autocross cars, Beetle with a flat 6 2.2 Porsche engine.

Would fit on the same mounts (and gearbox, although it was regarded as more sensible to fit a Porsche box as well).

Jensen Button's dad used to drive one.

High Wing Drifter
22nd Mar 2005, 09:27
Someone in Cyprus in 1977 bought a Porche and then found it had a Beetle engine.......
Ah yes, the 912. Looks like a 911, but built for the style over substance SoCal crowd.

BLEKE
22nd Mar 2005, 10:08
Paul Newman drove around in a Porsche with a Beetle body replacing the original 911 bodywork.

B Fraser
22nd Mar 2005, 12:59
The engine's are the same but the Porsche 356 can snap knicker elastic at thirty paces.... unlike the beetle. :ok:

tall and tasty
22nd Mar 2005, 13:12
The engine's are the same but the Porsche 356 can snap knicker elastic at thirty paces

Now Mr Fraser, please don't tell us you have found this out for yourself

TnT

:p

Jerricho
22nd Mar 2005, 14:42
Chris Eubank could drive a Beetle, but not a Porsche.

Onan the Clumsy
22nd Mar 2005, 15:18
No no no. I didn't mean "Why are they the same car?"

I meant "Why do people buy a Porsche when they can buy the same car called a Beetle for a lot less?"

:rolleyes:




Chris Eubank IS a beetle

Jerricho
22nd Mar 2005, 15:19
Why do people buy BMWs and Mercs when they could buy a Volvo for much less.

High Wing Drifter
22nd Mar 2005, 16:09
You mean an ovloV :}

B Fraser
22nd Mar 2005, 17:29
Now Mr Fraser, please don't tell us you have found this out for yourself

A friend of a friend pulled up to some traffic lights in a Porsche 356. For those not in the know, this is the model Porsche made before the 911, very much like the Karman Beetle.... grrrrrrr.

There was a tap on the window. He wound it down and an extremely classy woman handed him her business card and said "call me....." :hmm:

I promise you this is absolutely true.

I have yet to try to 930 out on the girlie as it has spent the winter in the garage but summer is fast approaching :E

ORAC
22nd Mar 2005, 17:32
Probably just wanted to buy the car. But, then again.... 365 registry (http://www.356registry.org/Members/Pauling/pauling1_f.jpg) ;)

GROUNDHOG
22nd Mar 2005, 19:21
I used to have a Porsche and now I have a Volvo - am I getting old or just sensible? ( mind you it is a pretty quick Volvo)