VW-based Charger kit car?

A friend of my friend Penski sent me this sighting… we’re pretty sure it’s a VW Beetle based Charger kit, but I’m filing it under “mystery cars” until someone can confirm for me. It’s one odd looking car, don’t you think? My personal theory by the way is that it’s loosely based on the old Aston Martin Bulldog prototype (the rightmost photo; designed by William Towns who also designed the Lagonda).

What do you think? Am I right or wrong with these theories?

23 Responses

  1. Sacha says:

    Sure is a Charger kit car
    Een MBC charger I build from 1977 with the gull doors and
    starting 1983 there’s a charger II which seats 4 instead of 2 people.
    pic : http://vwnettet.dk/logo.php?picturename=modules/coppermine/albums/userpics/11584/Charger%20kitcar%20VW.jpg
    pic : http://forum.bugland.be/attachments/thumbs/t_cargerii-1_127.jpg
    pic : http://forum.bugland.be/attachments/thumbs/t_cargerii-2_138.jpg

    They sure a some nice kits! I like them!

  2. Donnie says:

    That does seem to be a Charger. Just looking thru a 1979 Complete guide to kitcars and they have one listed.

    Made by …

    Embeesea
    59 Castle st
    Hwy Wycombe, Bucks, England

  3. Lloyd Martin says:

    as you will see from my website you have there a VW Charger.
    mine is now back on the road and legal. it has just undergone a complete rewire and engine rebuild. (which may explain why it is currently running like a bag of spanners!!, but running it is.)
    i can send you more photos if you wish, or you can use the pic on the website.
    Lloyd Martin
    Preston, Lancashire, England.

  4. Mark says:

    Pre-dated the Bulldog by a few years (1981 for the Bulldog?) so the inspiration may have been the other way around! I think the Mk2 4 seater was inspired by the Lotus Esprit though. Still have a “brochure” of sorts somewhere, and a bloke over the road used to have a white one.

  5. Shane says:

    Hi,

    Can anyone tell me anymore about this car, or a website, components used?

    Thanks

    Shane

  6. chris says:

    Hello
    I cant find anywhere else with info on the charger, do you know what windows it uses, from what car, i am looking in on buying one but it has no glass. Thankyou

  7. Phil says:

    Definately a Charger. Built mine in 1977/8 following the sale of a Siva Saluki (which seems to have just resurfaced in Portugal). Sold it to a guy who worked in TV & believe it featured in some kids programmes.
    Phil

  8. Phil says:

    Chris lookin for glass for a Charger. Front screen was a Vauxhall Victor (70’s vintage) estate back window. Side windows perspex. Can’t be sure of the back window.

  9. ben says:

    hi. the car in the picture is a mark1 . I have a mark 2 and have just finished rebuilding it after 13 years. if any one has a embeesea charger please leave comments on this page and we can try and talk.

  10. Chom says:

    Hi if anyone is selling one of these or knows someone who is, please email me:

    euro-pak@hotmail.com

  11. martin butler says:

    i have a charger2 had it for 3 years, little work to do for mot, but expect to be on road in 2-3 weeks ben if you seen this , love to chat, mine is white, got it from watford, cant find much history about these cars though

  12. peter says:

    i have a 1972 mk1 dont know much about it hoping to get it back on the road any info woud be gratfully receved thaks

  13. martin butler says:

    hi, can anyone help, i am in the process of putting rear seats in my charger2, if anyone out there has one of these cars and can send me a picture of a completed car, and what the rear seats were from, i would be gratefull, at the moment ive made a bulkhead from mdf and look to fit it to this, i want to incorporate a lockable storage box at the back behind the seat

  14. martin butler says:

    hi, can anyone help, i am in the process of putting rear seats in my charger2, if anyone out there has one of these cars and can send me a picture of a completed car, and what the rear seats were from, i would be gratefull, at the moment ive made a bulkhead from mdf and look to fit it to this, i want to incorporate a lockable storage box at the back behind the seat

  15. Georgeone says:

    Hallo, I bought 1977 Embeesea CHARGER I, based on 1968 VW Beatle. I have some interesting meterials:the “mbc build notes – charger 1”, Charger club “introduction and members information” and Charger club Newsletter NO.4, NO.5, NO.6, NO.7 and NO.8. I´l be happy to share those documents. If anyone have anything else, just let me know:) Best Regards George (czech republic) My email is: youngtimerclassic@centrum.cz

  16. ben says:

    hi. left mesage on this page last year and checked for a few months and did not see any one else on I have a mark 2 and finished rebuilding it after 13 years. if any one has a embeesea charger. I have some pictures on my face book ben shire brighton and hove area. please get in tuch if you have a embeesea charger

  17. andy says:

    hi i have a charger mk1 i have just rebuilt both floorpans had the floor blasted and painted i have just had a rear cage made to mount seatbelt to and for safety i nbeed more info on the car any help would be appreciated thanks andy from southport
    andyhybrid@hotmail.co.uk

  18. john says:

    hi my name is john fletcher i have got hold of a 1971 vw beetle chassi and got a charger body shell and need front and back window screens i see that Vauxhall Victors fit but i cant seem to find any can any one help me?
    thanks.

  19. paul c says:

    hi ive just bought an embeesea charger don no wich one its a 2 seater i have all windows bonet doors but no butlid can you help

  20. Hi I have a 1972 charger mk1 had it for 11 years was on road last year never seen another one in the flesh mine has totally diff lights all round to all the ones I’ve seen on the net and also has extra windows behind the doors aswell would love to talk to any one else with one add me on Facebook peter fluff crossley search saugerole56@yahoo.com on Facebook cheers peter

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