This car intrigued us because we couldn't figure out what it was. Turns out it is a coachbuilt car which was based on the VW Beetle. Don't let its humble origins turn you off though, these things are rare and trade can for six figures when restored. It is a 1958 Rometsch Lawrence and it has been parked in the Arizona sun since 1969. This project is for experts only, but if you are interested it can be found here on eBay with the starting bid at $25k and no reserve.
The more we learned about this car, the more we like it. There is not much information available because there were only 85 built and only 30 are known to still exist. This one is already listed in the Rometsch Lawrence registry and has been for sale for some time. That sleek bodywork was all done in aluminum and stuck on top of a VW Beetle. The underside here is rusted out so it is going to need some major repairs, or possibly a whole new pan. Luckily VW parts are plentiful.
Even though this car is in rough shape it is amazing to see how much of it is original. The engine and transmission are all there along with many of the hard to find bits. The original tires are even still intact.
The interior also looks complete but very deteriorated. Hopefully there is enough left to stitch some new seat covers and door panels. We are not sure how many of the parts came from the VW parts bin, but we hope a lot of them did for the sake of the next owner.
Here is a shot of a convertible currently listed for sale by Holy Grail Garage for $100k. There are more photos here to get an idea of what these cars can look like when restored. It may be possible to take the project up to the level of this car, but you are going to have to really love these cars to complete the restoration. Anyone here up to tackling this one?