Today we live in a world of internet mash-ups, and movie sequels and re-releases. Classic movies like The Love Bug and Dr. Dolittle were remade or revised, much to the consternation of fans of the original films. But there are some remakes and mash-ups that are definitely worth taking a closer look at, and fans of both those movies (whatever the year) may just enjoy today’s remarkable find.
For your mash-up viewing pleasure, take a gander at this 1965 Other Makes Custom Volkswagen 4-DOOR BEETLE Custom ”Push-Me-Pull-You”:
The car looks incredible, and I am definitely of two minds about it…
The first question that pops into my head is “Can you drive it?” Immediately following that thought is, “Can two people drive it simultaneously?” Luckily the listing description sheds a light on these and other questions about this Push-Me-Pull-You VW Beetle:
“This amazing two-headed Bug was built as a labor of love by a serious car collector who owned an import car parts business. Created in the 1960s, we’re told by the owner’s son that he used two low-mileage cars of like vintage. The car was built to be fully-functional, street-legal and to be driven. It was titled and registered for the road here in Minnesota, and driven for many summers. The car was last registered in 1981, after which time it was carefully stored.”
The description tells us about how this Bug came to be and how it has been lovingly restored. You can also read the entire description here.
Then we get to the real meat of the story:
“Okay, so there are two “driver’s seats” with two steering wheels and two gear shifts! (The “rear” steering wheel and shifter move, but are inoperative). The number of tricks one can play in front of a crowd is incalculable, especially with a pilot in each driver’s seat facing different directions! This car was built strictly for fun, but the build-quality is not a joke: The welding joining the two halves of the body is invisible from outside the car. With the exception of the stock air cleaner (we’re using a screen “strainer” over the carb), the engine fits beautifully under the stock trunk lid, and it looks natural there. Indeed, if anything, access to the engine looks better than under the normal hood!
The floor pan is neatly welded in the center, using two front halves, with the seats are bolted into the factory positions in the floors The rear floor was adapted to accommodate the drivetrain with (among other details) a tunnel welded-in to clear the transmission. There are additional supports for the “rear” body work from a strong and simple sub-frame made of square-section steel tubes.
The car is full of superb attention to detail and clever solutions, like the red bulbs (stop lights and tail lights) installed in European Lucas headlamps in the rear (in place of usual clear sealed-beam headlamps)…Until they’re illuminated, they look just like stock headlights, completing the two-faced illusion. The only real hint as to which end is which are the four chromed pea-shooter exhausts exiting beneath the rear bumper (which many a passer-by has likened to “machine guns”!!!) “
With only one bid for $2,500, it seems interest in the “Push-Me-Pull-You” VW is somewhat limited… but this may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to buy a unique, imaginative piece, that could be used as mobile advertising for your business. The seller even give us these examples:
Bob’s Insurance Agency: We’ve got you covered coming and going!
Bugs don’t know which way to run from Bob’s Exterminating!
You can go “both ways” at Bob’s Bar!
“You push, I pull!” — Roberta the Midwife
Funny! The seller also solicits other funny use cases for the car – if you are so inclined, include them in the comments, below.