1954 Oval "Okrasa" Beetle
Body: Right Hand Drive UK Car
Interior: Original Beige Vinyl Interior
Brakes: Factory spec drum brakes
Wheel and tyres: Stock steel wheels, with white walls tyres
1954 RHD Oval Beetle
There is something about a black Oval Beetle, this particular vehicle has a few gems to ensure it stands out even further.
There are not that many Right Hand Drive Oval Beetles around but this example is certainly a head turner. With its vast array of period accessories, (including a Hazet Toolbox) striking White wall tyres and numerous period accessories this Oval is certainly one to take a closer look at.
However, the excitement is not only about the looks. Hidden underneath the engine lid is a period upgrade with Okrasa heads and Carbs, this is not a matching numbers car but the engine is dated to 1957 so still of the correct integrated pedestal engine.
The Okrasa kit has been fitted in the last few years and is surely one of the best performance period upgrades available.
Oettinger Kraftfahrtechnische Spezial Anstalt" was the name of the company founded by Gerhard Oettinger in 1951. The company specialised in performance parts for the VW engine and soon some of the VW based coach builders such as Dannenhauer & Stauss and Rometsch were using Okrasa engines in their sports cars.
There where two Okrasa kits available, the TS-1200 and the TS-1300/30. The TS-1200 (applicable to this motor in this 1954 Car) consisted of a pair of Okrasa high compression twin-port cylinder heads with twin port manifolds (VW only offered single port heads at that time), dual Solex 32PBIC carbs as used on early Porsche 356s, and carb linkages, balance pipes etc. Optional extras included a Fram oil filter which could be mounted on the fan housing and Okrasa's own oil cooler which consisted of some coiled copper tubing which sat behind the fan housing thereby being cooled by the air being sucked in. The new heads offered a compression ratio boost from 6.6 to 7.5:1
The Okrasa kit claimed to cut the 0 to 60 by 12 seconds!!
Supplied with a fresh service, Type 2 Detectives Health check and MOT, this '54 Oval is certainly one to take to take a look at.