Frequently Asked Questions about Beck Vehicles
Q: What type of engine can I use?
A: The Beck Speedster® is set up for a VW air-cooled type I engine of nearly any displacement.
Q: Are there any other engine types that will work?
A: Our customers have also used engines such as the VW type IV (Porsche 914), Porsche 356, Porsche 912, VW waterboxer, and the Subaru EJ series of engines.
Q: What are the most popular engines?
A: While the water-cooled engine are beginning to become more popular, the “super 90” 1915cc VW type I engine still remains the most popular. This engine replicates both the look and performance of the original Speedsters.
Q: What is the biggest engine I can use?
A: The engine size/hp is limited only by budget and sanity. Our shop car boasts nearly 200hp and is what I would consider “overkill”. When selecting an engine, one must remember a few things: 1) the most powerful Speedsters of the 50’s (the Carrera) only had about 130hp and 2) the Speedster has the aerodynamic qualities of a classic 50’s racecar.
Q: I’ve seen other companies that offer a tubular frame vs.. the VW bellypan. How is yours different?
A: The Beck Speedster® is the only speedster replica that uses .120 3″ DOM round tubular steel. There are several reasons why it is important that we use DOM round tubing rather than square tubing, or anything that is aswelded.
- DOM tubing has a higher yield and tensile strength that aswelded steel. It is also smoother, cleaner, more dense and more consistent.
- Round tubing is lighter than square tubing, yet has greater strength characteristics.
- Round tubing is more expensive than square tubing.
- Round tubing is available in higher grade steel than square tubing.
- All of this translates into the lightest, strongest ladder frame possible.
Q: How do I insure my Beck Speedster®?
A: If your current carrier does not have the ability to insure your new vehicle, there are several companies that specialize in insuring replicas. Hagerty comes highly recommended and can be contacted at 1-800-922-4050 (or www.hagerty.com).
Q: How do I register my Beck Speedster®?
A: Registration is not federally regulated, so it varies from state to state. You will need to check with your local BMV for your state’s requirements. However, Beck products have been successfully registered in all 50 states.
Q: Does the Beck Speedster® come with a warranty?
A: Yes! We offer a 12 month/12,000 mile limited warranty. This covers your Speedster’s contents and workmanship. The drive train components, as well as a few of our optional components, are warrantied directly by their respective manufacturers.
Q: How does the Beck Speedster® hold up in resale value?
A: We have seen our products hold their value VERY well over the last 25 years. According to the Kelly Blue Book, the average car loses 65% of it’s value in the first 5 years. We have seen our products sell as high as 100%-120% of their original value, 10 years down the road!
Q: Do you offer financing?
A: Financing can be obtained through J.J. Best Banc & Co. 1-800-USA-1965 (or on the web at www.jjbest.com).