Like Mike “Hot Rod” Rowan, who put a giant 468-cubic-inch Chevy big block engine and nitrous oxide tanks into this 1963 VW Panel Bus, which spits out 586 horsepower and can supposedly do a 12.2 second quarter-mile.
According to Engine Swap Depot, Rowan found this 1963 Microbus in a field in Valdosta, Georgia and only paid $275 for it. And then it only took him 6 weeks to build it into the hot rod you see before you.
Rowan tells in this video that this panel body-style from VW was already a unique one because it didn’t have windows, “UPS supposedly bought a bunch of these to make them as their delivery vans.”
Goes to show how much space the old VW Bus’s really had. If they could fit a giant engine like this one, think of how much living space you could have!