Volkswagen Type 1

New Replacement Engines for VW Beetle,
VW Karmann Ghia, & VW Thing

From 1938 to 2003 VW produced various models of the Type 1 including the Volkswagen Beetle, Karmann Ghia, & VW Thing. Powered by the revolutionary rear-mounted, air-cooled Volkswagen "Flat 4" four-cylinder boxer engine, the Type 1 is arguably the most successful automotive platform ever built. 

Referred to by many as simply the "upright", the VW Type 1 engine evolved over the decades from a modest, but reliable 1131cc to a robust, yet efficient 1584cc.

Today, with tens of thousands Type 1 VW's still on the road, Darryl's™ is doing their part to carry on the tradition by building the finest new air-cooled replacement engines for Volkswagen Type 1 vehicles available today.  And, every engine is protected by our exclusive, 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty.

The VW "Beetle"

Known by most by one of its nicknames, the "Beetle" or the "Bug", by one of its official designations: 1200, 1300, 1500, 1302, or 1303, or, simply a "Volkswagen", the VW Type 1 was sold in North America from 1949 to 1979. During its storied 65 year history, over 21 million (21,529,464, to be precise) Beetles were built, making it the longest-running and most-produced automobile of a single design in the world - ever.

Brand-new air-cooled replacement engines for VW Beetles from Darryl's are every bit as efficient and reliable as the original. Read more about what goes into building a new air-cooled VW engine. >>



The VW Karmann Ghia

Widely known in North America as simply a "Ghia", the Volkswagen Type 1 Karmann Ghia was produced from 1955 to 1974. With just under a half-million VW Karmann Ghias produced and thousands still on the road, this sporty cousin to the Beetle still has earned its due respect and a following all its own.

Like its more modest sibling, the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was powered by the air-cooled VW boxer engine. With the same Type 1 chassis and mechanicals of the Beetle and styling by Luigi Segre of the Italian auto design firm Ghia, and hand-built bodywork by German coach-builder Karmann, the Karmann Ghia was successfully marketed to the more design-conscious, yet still budget-minded North American consumer.

 In honor and support of this classy, hand-crafted Volkswagen, Darryl's offers only the best hand-built, zero-mile replacement engines for air-cooled VW Karmann Ghias. Read more about what goes into building a new air-cooled VW engine.

The VW Thing

The Volkswagen Type 181 "Kurierwagen", produced from 1969 to 1983, was marketed around the world under a number of badges, including the Volkswagen Thing (US), the Type 182 Trekker (UK),  the VW Safari (Mexico). The VW thing was popular in the southwestern US and Mexico due to its ability to handle rural roads and survive harsh desert conditions.

Originally a small military vehicle whose predecessor was the German Kübelwagen used during WWII, the Volkswagen Thing was based in part on the Volkswagen Type 1. Nearly 100,000 VW Things were produced, with just over half of them delivered to be used by NATO forces.

Similar to its other Type 1 counterparts, the VW Thing utilized the versatile air-cooled upright VW engine. It is because of this fortunate compatibility that Darryl's can provide for the few, but loyal owners durable, yet affordable, all-new replacement engines for the Volkswagen Thing. Read more about what goes into building a new air-cooled VW engine.

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Genuine Darryl's™ Engines

Quality, professionally hand-built replacement engines for air-cooled Volkswagens are our specialty. In fact, we've been doing it for over 25 years.

From classic stock VW replacement engines to high-performance, custom air-cooled Volkswagen engines, each and every one is assembled in-house from all-new, top-quality components and, in the case of our turnkey Volkswagen engines, live-tested before receiving Darryl's personal seal of approval.