This tech-loaded ‘kotseng kuba’ restomod costs a whopping P32-M

This Volkswagen Beetle looks wild inside and out
by Greg Potts | Jun 20, 2022
sketch of the milivie 1 volkswagen beetle restomod’s side profile

We’re told this car is called the Milivie 1 and that it’s essentially a restomod Volkswagen Beetle. So far, so believable, right?

Well, the sticking point comes when we get to the price, because Milivie says it’ll start at €570,000 (around P32.37 million). We promise we’re not kidding, but we can’t promise that we’re not being had ourselves.

sketch of the milivie 1 volkswagen beetle restomod’s front

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Apparently, this is the brainchild of a German chap known as Jonathan Engler, with the accompanying press release describing him as “an active, innovative artistic engineer with the vision to celebrate extinct German automotive icons and discreetly re-engineer them anew to unimaginable standards.”

We’re also told that he studied motorsports engineering, built his own house, won a German youth karting championship, and hosts the largest contemporary festival in his native city’s park.

Anyway, the car. Just 22 will apparently be built, with the base being a 1303 Beetle. Over a thousand hours of work are then put into the build, with Milivie saying that the finished product “shares little other than the metal monocoque section of the body and the floorboards with the donor” and that “even these components are vastly modified from the original car.” Begs the question of why, doesn’t it?

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sketch of the milivie 1 volkswagen beetle restomod’s rear end

The engine is a 2.28-liter air-cooled flat-four connected to the paddle-shift gearbox from a Porsche 911. There’s no word at all on power, but we’d expect Porsche’s lawyers to be on the phone anytime soon given how many cars from Stuttgart Milivie references in the design blurb.

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Get a load of this list of apparent influences and see if you can see any in the dodgy renders above: Porsche 904, Porsche 935, Porsche 956, Porsche 964, Porsche Type 64, Porsche 718 RSK, Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe, and Porsche RS Spyder.

Underneath, there are bespoke springs, an entirely new suspension setup (as you’d expect for that price), and race-spec brakes. The wheels are 19-inch aluminum things, and inside there are two 12.3-inch screens for the dial display and infotainment. Well, there would be, but all we’ve got to go on so far is this sketch.

sketch of the milivie 1 volkswagen beetle restomod’s interior

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There are virtually no buttons in there, says Milivie, and there will be four individual bucket seats for the driver and passengers.

Rumor has it the first car will be delivered in July 2023, with production scheduled to continue until May 2025. Although if those dates remain intact, we’ll eat our own server.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on Minor edits have been made.

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