Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Q: What stages of completion do you offer? A: We offer three separate stages:
The "deluxe pre-assembled body package", which is one of the most complete kits available today. The end user can assemble this stage in as little as one short weekend.
The "roller" package, which is ready to accept the engine of your choice
The "turn-key" package. Although Special Edition, Inc. DOES NOT directly supply engines or transaxles, it is still possible for the customer to receive a ready to drive speedster
Q: What type of engine can I use? A: The Beck Speedster is set up for a VW air-cooled type I engine of nearly any displacement. Our customers have also used engines such as the VW type IV (Porsche 914), Porsche 356, Porsche 912, VW waterboxer, and the Subaru EJ series of engines.
Q: What are the most popular engines? What is the biggest engine I can use? A1: While the water-cooled engines are beginning to become more popular, the "super 90" 1915cc VW type I engine remains the most popular. This engine replicates both the look and performance of the original Speedsters. A2: The engine size/hp is limited only by budget and sanity. When selecting an engine, one must remember a few things:
the most powerful Speedsters of the 50's (the Carrera) only had about 130hp and
the Speedster has the aerodynamic qualities of a classic 50's racecar.
Q: I have seen other companies that offer a tubular frame vs. the VW bellypan. How is yours different? A: The Beck Speedster is the only speedster replica that uses .120 sidewall 3" DOM round tubular steel. There are several reasons why it is important that we use DOM round tubing rather than square tubing, or anything that is aswelded.
DOM tubing has a higher yield and tensile strength than aswelded steel. It is also smoother,
cleaner, denser and more consistent.
Round tubing is lighter than square tubing, yet has greater strength characteristics.
Round tubing is more expensive than square tubing.
Round tubing is available in higher-grade steel than square tubing.
Q: How do I insure my Beck Speedster? A: If your current carrier does not have the ability to ensure your new vehicle, several companies specialize in insuring replicas. Hagerty comes recommended and can be contacted at 1-800-922-4050 or www.hagerty.com.
Q: How do I register my Beck Speedster? A: Registration is not federally regulated, so it varies from state to state. You will need to check with your local BMV for your state's requirements. However, Beck products have been successfully registered in all 50 states.
Q: Does the Beck Speedster come with a warranty? A: Yes! We offer a 12 month/12,000 mile limited warranty. This covers your Speedster's contents and workmanship. The drivetrain components, as well as a few of our optional components, carry a warranty directly from their respective manufacturers.
Q: How does the Beck Speedster hold up in resale value? A: We have seen our products hold their value very well over the last 25 years. According to the Kelly Blue Book, the average car loses 65% of its value in the first 5 years. We have seen our products sell as high as 100%-120% of their original value, 10 years down the road!
Q: Do you offer financing? A: Financing can be obtained through J.J. Best Banc & Co. Call 1-800-USA-1965 (or on the web at www.jjbest.com).