"Like a brand new Beetle that handles like a sports car with a fuel bill in the single digits."
– Bold Ride

Most Zelectrics are built to order. 

So it's rare for us to have any standing inventory. When we have select vehicles that are currently in-house and ready for rebuild commission, you'll find them here. Once in a blue moon, we may have a completely retrofitted Zelectric that's turnkey-ready for delivery. 

Available now:  1968 Porsche 912 – 500hp Tesla Model S motor – estimated 140 mile range – new interior and dozens of custom features. 0–60 in 6 seconds.
photos and specs  email for more info


{SOLD} 1967 21-window Deluxe Microbus   
video   photos

photo: Evan Klein, evankleinfilms.com

photo: Evan Klein, evankleinfilms.com

[SOLD] 1973 Porsche 914 - 180HP dual motor - 120 mile range   photos   video 


[SOLD] This choice 1964 Sea Blue Beetle was pan-off restored a few years ago, and still showroom perfect. Complete with electric heater and Alpine/Focal sound system. 80 mile range.
Story and photos at Petrolicious. 

photo: Andrew Golseth, Petrolicious.com

Some current client-commissioned projects: (not for sale)

In progress: 1968 Porsche 912 soft window Targa - interior refresh underway.
Tesla Drive Unit (motor) and Tesla battery pack planned.


In progress: a rare and dearly beloved 1979 Orange Hi-Top Camper – getting tidied-up with a mild restoration, preparing for a zelectric future ahead.


Below: After a failed (non-Zelectric) electric rebuild 8 years ago, this original-owner 1979 Beetle will finally realize its dream of running on solar power. It’s currently getting a complete new interior while patiently waiting in line for zelectrification. 100 mi range Tesla battery pack. (client owned)


Completed Projects : Done & Delivered.

The Honeymoon Bug: it was the ultimate wedding gift back in the sixties. Bride and groom took off in their shiny new Beetle to see the world. Many years and hundreds of thousands of miles later, the little Bug eventually slowed down and came to rest in their driveway. Fourteen years passed.

But this is a story with a temporary ending and a fresh new beginning. Restoration on this original-owner 1965 Ruby Red was recently completed with a full Zelectric retrofit including 100-mile range, Tesla battery pack, and more than twice its original horsepower with top speed 100+mph. Now reborn electric, it’s designed to be driven, and happily back on the road again.

(client owned) build photos


1960 Black Ragtop with 100 mile range Tesla battery pack (client owned) photos on Instagram


1966 Velvet Green Microbus with 80 mile range Tesla battery pack. Photos on Instagram


1974 ICON/Zelectric WILD THING — This build for ICON Customs features a 210 hp racing motor, custom gearbox, upgraded suspension, 90-mile range, all-electric heat, leather seats, killer sound system and much more. (client owned) 
video    photos


1966 Sedan - 80 mile range - 2014 La Jolla Concours Winner. (client owned)   video   photos

photo: Tony Matthews, superfly-autos.com

photo: Tony Matthews, superfly-autos.com

1973 Porsche 911 with dual motors
and larger 54kWh Tesla Model S battery pack - 150–180 mile range (client owned)  video


1969 Karmann Ghia with a custom 2-speed gearbox, now with true sportscar hp, torque
and larger Tesla battery pack 130–150 mile range (client owned)   build photos   video


Sweet Turkis 1964 walk-through Microbus with ultra-rare (almost unheard of) factory sunroof & sliding door. (yes we own that and are keeping it for now!)   video
Automobile Magazine: story and photos   More photos on Flickr   Featured on Wheeler Dealers


The "Discovery Bug" racy factory-original Ragtop, 1959 Mercury Silver. (now client-owned)
Featured in WSJ Magazine. Yes, that’s our Basset Hound tucked in the back, field-testing the comfort level of the back seat. 4 paws up. Watch this Bug rip around Laguna Seca.

Pristine 1960 white-on-white convertible. Rare. Show quality. This one has a new home, but if you like it, we'll produce another one custom built for you. (now client-owned)

For a full list of candidates for the Zelectric retrofit click here. If you already own a candidate in prime condition, a Zelectric retrofit is possible. The base price for the client-owned Beetle, Ghia or Thing rebuild is $62,000. Microbuses and Porsches generally $68,000–$$85,000. If you don't already have the VW or Porsche you've always wanted, we will find it.

About Beetles: from an investment perspective, the best candidates are models built from 1958 through 1967. These years represent the sweet spot - where Beetles offer the best combination of collectibility and drivability. Parts are easily available. And because stock appearance is never compromised, their values continue to climb over time. 

More to come. If you're interested in a specific model that's already sold, we can supply another of the same. Zelectric Beetle, Porsche 356, 911, 912, 914, Microbus, Karmann Ghia, or Thing, or others lesser seen: Squarebacks, Notchbacks, etc... whichever model you have in mind, let us know. Email Bonnie, resident Zelectric RetroFuturist.