One-Off Steam-Powered VW Kit Car

When we hear "steam car" we imagine a car with wooden wagon wheels that spends it's time in Jay Leno's garage. What we don't think of is a fiberglass-bodied VW kit car from the '80s. This is apparently a one-of-a-kind creation of a former Steam Automobile Club of America member. We're thinking of it as a kind of grown man's science project. It allegedly ran at speeds up to 80 MPH at one point, but we're not so sure we would know how to run it even if it's still capable of driving.

If you are determined to fulfill your steam fantasy, the car comes with plenty of documentation from the 20+ years of experimentation on the car. Truly, this would be an eternal project car hell. That being said, if anyone buys it, we'll amend the "How Jalopnik Is Your Car" scale to include a +10,000,000 point bonus for steam power. We're not sure what the fuel economy is like on this (yes the boiler is heated by gasoline), but maybe it's just what we need with rising gas prices.
[eBay via Winding Road]


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