During autumn 1964 Brussels based Belgian VW importer and CKD Beetle assembler D’leteren planned to uprate 300 1200cc Beetles with Oettinger Okrasa tuned 1300/34 TSV engines. However, due to pressure from Volkswagen only 29 were finally supplied.
These 50hp engines featured counterweighted crankshafts, Solex 32 PBIC twin carburetors, separate cylinder inlet channels, sodium filled exhaust valves. Clutch was from Transporter.
Chassis featured camber compensator, front stabiliser bar, uprated shock absorbers. Wheels were 6.5×15 of Porsche origin, Goodyear radial tires.
Available as Ruby Red (L456) or Java Green (L518) with optional white centre stripe and side front quarter sticker badges. Interior Black Leatherette, flat black instrument panel with 160km/h speedometer, tachometer, and Koch oil temperature gauge. Also, black two spoke steering wheel from the Type 3 1500.
Mach 1 stickers were often affixed to later D’leteren cars, notably 1500s’, and can also often be seen on Ritter tuned cars.
The original ‘Herbie’?
Information and main picture ‘Gute Fahrte’ magazine issue 2, 1986. Interior and engine pictures from ‘Voor Waarts’ magazine issue 10/1964 courtesy Pim van Loon. Other pictures from Geoffroy lHoeste and Mike Walravens.