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Brand new to the group and I need some assistance of how I can determine the manufacturer of a Speedster I just acquired a few months ago. What information would be the most essential to supply?

For a month or so, I began comparing other Speedster pictures, but I cannot be 100% certain. The car has 50 original miles, has Beck floor mats; however, no plate that I can find.

The car was titled through Automotive Legends in CA.

1957 Beck Speedster

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Brand new to the group and I need some assistance of how I can determine the manufacturer of a Speedster I just acquired a few months ago. What information would be the most essential to supply?

For a month or so, I began comparing other Speedster pictures, but I cannot be 100% certain. The car has 50 original miles, has Beck floor mats; however, no plate that I can find.

The car was titled through Automotive Legends in CA.

Steve:

Bob Garrett in Peoria. There are three or four Speedster owners down the road from you here in Peoria now. We need to get together once it warms up.

Not a Vintage unless somebody swapped the door panels. Meisterschaften (sp.?) badge and the grab handle appear to be placed wrong on the dash for a Vintage as well. Heater vents in the foot wells look like Beck to me, but I could be wrong.

Let's stay in touch!

Bob

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"Automotive Legends built Becks too" Nope--they never built anything---just bought stuff and resold it to the babes in the woods.. They were a re-seller of Vintage cars. Nothing but grief for many who dealt with them.

Just do a search here for Automotive Legends and get ready for some very sad stories.

The worst. I'm not talking about the cars---just the mgm't. The cars were fine as long as you don't mind paying a 30% premium iover what the mfg regular price was.

Can you spell gouge?

Oh that car--nice looking---looks like a CMC kit car to me. Almost definitely not a VS. Odd--battery in the back--fairly unusual.
The little I was able to find out about 6 months ago, when I was getting ready to give this car a home, was that Automotive Legends was a dealer.

When I started comparing some pictures of other Speedsters, there are certain build "clues" I noticed. The position of the side view mirror, door panels, the shifter and brake boots, license plate light position, etc.

Automotive Legends bought from almost every manufacturer, including me for a short while. The cars they bought from me were shipped out in kit form and AL had them built in a few places. Fibersteel built a few and others were assembled by an AL related shop in Camarillo and one in West Hills. When I visited the Camarillo shop they had turn key Vintage Speedsters, turn key and incomplete Vintage Spyders, TR spyder bodies, a few TR flared speedsters, and my speedsters and spyders in our body package form.
I can tell you from you photos it is defiantly a Beck and it definantly wasn't a factory completed car. I can also tell you the engine was one of the last factory built VW Mexico 1600cc crate motors with the top end converted CB Performance (alternator, tins, carbs).
The Beck folks (Carey and Kevin Hines) are very well regarding in these parts. I have an '06 with ~35k miles on it, and have been one of their cheerleaders for a while now. AL is NOT so highly regarded, but the Beck car is about 75% factory built, so they wouldn't be as much of a factor. The trim bits are added by the builder, which may explain why some appear to be slightly misplaced. How many miles (probably kilometers on the odometer) are on it? FYI, 1km = 0.62 miles. My car has ~48000km = ~35000 miles.

Carey, got any spare owner's manuals laying around for Steven?
I don;t know anything about the transaxle, but they were advised to use Rancho... no idea if they did. Again, the motor is factory VW modified by CB Performance (generally a good thing). When visiting Camarillo there were shelf upon shelf full of EMPI parts; headlights, brake kits, brake hoses, mounts, etc... so the quality of some of the sub systems is questionable. I have seen a lot of EMPI parts used, some are great and some just plain suck... I'd pay close attention tot he assembly quality and be sure to go over all of the general maintenance items, do a full nut and bolt check on suspension (front and rear), steering box, pitman arm, column slip joints, engine and trans mounts, etc...

Yes, owner's manuals are available from the office.
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