JPS Motorsports builds our turnkey cars one at a time to each customer's specifications. While we offer suggested "packages" of mechanicals and equipment, each car is unique.
We begin with our own body kit of handlaid fiberglass with the doors and deck lids prefitted for straight and even gaps all around. The body is primered and blocked at least three times to insure all waves and distortions in the fiberglass are addressed.
The doors and decks are then removed from the body and painted off the car so that no unpainted areas or flat spots occur.
All Speedsters are built on reconditioned VW Beetle pans, either the earlier Swing-Axle cars or the later models with Independent Rear Suspension - your choice.
The basic VW pan is first stripped of all components and bolted into a cutting jig. The pan is shortened and all tubes are pulled out the back and trimmed to fit. Then the jig is cranked together and the pan is mig-welded. During this process, any weak or rusted areas are removed and replaced with new, stronger metal.
Build-up of the pan starts with all new brake components from the reservoir to the drums or rotors, including all lines and fittings. The transmission is rebuilt with new bearings, gears and syncros - utilizing a 3:88 final drive ratio. This 3:88 gearing provides better driveability for the lighter car.
The front suspension is rebuilt with new ball-joints, bearings, bushings, and a new steering box is fitted. Also, an adjustable lowering mechanism is installed.
At the rear - adjustable coil-over shocks are utilized. Up front - special, valve-lowered shocks make for an even ride. Stiffer shocks and valving are available.
New chrome wheels and 165 x 15 radial tires are standard.
The painting process takes three to four weeks. We use the original German Glasurit method of painting, color sanding, and buffing all panels along with finish polishing of all body surfaces.
Following painting, the body is mounted to the pan and the steering is installed. All cables and hoses are new, including a new fuel line from the front-mounted gas tank to the engine.
The car is then wired with a new harness designed for the specific components of the build. New replica gauges are installed (in the proper positions for the year being replicated - 1957) and are matched to the VW drive-train.
The interior fabrics include the best automotive carpets and the best vinyls or leathers for the specific application. Two types of seats are available: the original 356 Speedster style (with cut-outs); and a Special Speedster GT style.
A new custom-fitted canvas top and side curtains are included. Additionally, a short canvas boot to cover the lowered top is also provided.
The bumper trim and all exterior and interior badging are replica 356. The "Speedster" emblems are direct OEM.
Finally, your car is taken to the alignment shop to double-check and adjust the tracking and suspension for smooth performance.
Color choices for the body and interior are completely up to you. For a specific color match simply give us the make-model-year (or color code number) of the color you would like to use. For upholstery shades you can send us a sample - or choose from our ample selection of vinyls and premium leathers.
The top, side-curtains, and tonneau come in either black or tan. However, other canvas colors are available by special order.
All completed cars are fitted to the driver. The ergonomics can accomodate nearly all heights of drivers, including those over six-feet-tall. If you have special seating needs, we can make adjustments within certain limits.
Delivery is ten to twelve weeks from the date of the first deposit and signed build agreement. (Black cars usually take an additional week for the painting process.)
All JPS cars carry a 12 month/12,000 mile guarantee. Stock engines are warrantied for 24 months/24,000 miles; High Performance engines are warrantied for 6 months/6,000 miles.
If you have any questions about the process, please don't hesitate to call John Steele at (818) 985-8891.