Scania Vabis Okrasa Rally Beetle
- Authentic Rally Car
- Spa Sofia Liege Winner
- First VW Rally Car
Scania Vabis Okrasa Rally Beetle
1963 Rallye-Käfer gebaut für die Rallye Spa – Sofia – Lüttich mit Oettinger OKRASA TSV 1300 Motor
Photocredit Dirk de Jager // TAZIO Magazine
See below the detailed pix of this stunning Rallye Beetle:
OKRASA was the name of the company founded by Gerhard Oettinger in 1951. The company specialized in performance parts for the VW engine and soon some of the VW based coachbuilders such as Dannenhauer & Stauss and Rometsch were using OKRASA engines in their sports cars. Dipl.-Ing.Gerhard Oettinger is the founder of Oettinger Kraftfarhtechnische Spezial Anstalt He started his work in his father’s garage with two workmen, with his technical skills he began to get more interest in motor engine sport. In 1951 he started under the name OKRASA his own tuning firm in Friedrichsdorf. At the first Automobilausstellung at Frankfurt in 1951 was OKRASA present.
In 1953 he developed the TSV 1300/30 an engine with duel carburetors the same as used on an early Porsche 356 and special twin-port cylinder heads with Special manifolds and a chromemoly eight-dowelled counterweighted crankshaft. Through the crankshaft it was possible to give the engine a capacity of 1295 cc instead of the normal 1195cc. The special designed cylinder heads had larger inlet valves 33mm and later on the 34bhp engines they where 34.5mm, with a compression ratio of 7.8;1. The carburetors where a pair 32 PBIC Solex with Knecht air filters fitted on the special designed manifolds. Cars fitted with the complete set had about 70 bhp and where running top speeds of 140 km/h are more. Because you could also offer the 1300 TS/30, this one is the same as the 1300TSV/30 but whit out the Chromemoly crankshaft and had a top speed of 120 km/h.
In 1963 Oettinger got the official operating license from Volkswagen, making it possible to order an OKRASA Beetle at the Dealer. Oettinger has build several rally cars in the late 50`s and 60`s for Scania-Vabis. They were the VAG dealer in Scandinavia. With the support of Volkswagen they were presented to the FIA and were homologated in the GT class. In 1964 Scania-Vabis prepared 5 cars with Oettinger engines for the grueling Spa-Sofia-Lüttich long distance Rally. They took first in Class and 7 and 8 place in the overall. After the Spa-Sofia-Lüttich Race, the Cars kept on Racing mainly in England at the RAC Rallies that followed. All of the Cars are now taken apart, destroyed and rotten away.
This VW Käfer is an exact recreation of the original Cars. The base of the Car was an original Pearl white Beetle that was delivered through Scania Vabis in 1963. It is powered by an original OKRASA TSV1300/34 exactly as the Rallycars.
- Further updates included:
- Porsche 356 B Drumbrakes all around
- skidplates for the front and back
- Bilstein Rally Suspension
- External Fuel Filler
- Rally Search light on Roof
- Aux Lights
- Halda Speedmaster
- Oiltemp gauge
- VDO Rev Counter
- Macrolon Windows
- 3 Spoke Wooden Steering Wheel
The Beetle is road registered in Germany and has Vintage Number Plates. It was just raced around 1500 km at this year’s International Petermax Müller Gedächtnisrennen. A race, solely for period correct Vintage Speed Beetles.
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OKRASA TSV 1300 Rally
Berlin / Germany