The work somebody put in this car is staggering. In addition, when the builder turned on the money gun, he let it spray continuously for weeks. Unless he's an upholstery guy, there are many thousands of dollars just in the interior.
The paint is black and deep and flawless. It's amazing paint.
Wheel selection is spot on. The badging is cool. The black windshield frame even works.
So what lets this thing down so badly? Why does it look like "KIT" (aptly named) from Night Rider?
For one - the fender behind the rear wheel is hanging in space. It doesn't roll under the car to give the illusion of tying back into something (as on a Speedster), it actually flares out, looking like a flying buttress behind the wheel. The big world is easily seen from pretty much every angle.
... then there is the slotted front end, making it clearly visible that there is nothing behind it. At the right angle, I'll bet you can see clear through to the beam, which is about 3 ft behind the nose of this thing.
Which is the main problem for me. The overhangs on these cars are enormous. A Speedster has a wheelbase on the order of 10"-11" shorter than a Beetle, and this is built on that same pan. It looks to me like the design should have kept the stock wheelbase, and made the body about the same length. If they had, the overhangs would be about right.
Final grade? Like everybody else here: A for effort, D- for desirability. If the builder had put this much time, effort, and money into a Speedster replica, he'd get $50K for it. As it sits... probably way less than half that.