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Mind-Melting Tracked VW Bus

Posted in Best of, Bizarre, DIY, Hybrid Technologies by Dustin Driver | May 13th, 2011 | 8 Responses |

Some art transcends the human experience, elevates its viewers to a higher state of consciousness—the glory of the Sistine Chapel, the gaze of the Mona Lisa. This astounding tracked VW bus has launched my mind into the stratosphere, has changed my worldview. It’s a life-altering experience. And it’s for sale.

This appears to be a VW bus riveted to a 1945 M29 Weasel, a tracked military vehicle designed to traverse snow and, well, pretty much anything.

The conversion looks rushed, ill-conceived, and utterly brilliant. There’s rust. There are unshielded wires. There are razor-sharp bits of low-grade steel everywhere. And the whole thing has been camouflaged with rattle cans.

Thankfully, it comes with a fire extinguisher. Whether or not it actually works is questionable. Oh, and you steer it with those two sticks.

The M29 Weasel was built by Studebaker for service in WWII, which pins the needle on all the awesome gauges everywhere. It’s powered by a 70-horsepower, 196-cubic-inch, L-head inline six. It can cross a 36-inch ditch and roll over a 24-inch-tall barrier. It carries 35 gallons of fuel and can cruise for 196 miles. Top speed: 35 miles per hour. And it floats.

But here’s the thing: It looks like it trundled out of the VW factory this way. It all . . . just  . . fits.

This brilliant vehicle is for sale at Vehicle Liquidation in Littlerock, California. Price? Not listed. But can you really put a price on something so perfect, so beautiful?

Source: Vehicle Liquidation

P.S. – If any of you wish to purchase this gem and have it shipped to Central Oregon, I’d be more than willing to give it a good home.

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8 Responses

  1. Set says:

    It is somehow just brilliant, isn’t it?

  2. Mark says:

    Did anyone really see this and not think ‘Perfect in case of a zombie apocalypse’?

  3. BigRuss says:

    if it could run on anything it would be perfect for the Zombie Apocalypse….. but i can see some chain mail attached to the windows and a pop up turret…

  4. Bill says:

    How much is this vehicle?

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