Chesil Specification

  • Body

    Unstressed GRP moulding with integral box section steel tube chassis. Special strengthening materials to increase body strength and comprehensive anti-rust treatment on all metal parts. Fully painted to the highest standards by skilled coach workers, using the latest techniques. Choice of colour.

  • Chassis

    VW Beetle, jig mounted and shortened by 10 3/4". Fully reconditioned using new floorpan halves and framehead. Sandblasted, primed, sealed, painted and rust-proofed using high quality materials. Built up to full rolling specification using new parts. Choice of independent rear suspension over the more authentic swing axle specification.

  • Engine

    A brand new built twin port type 1 with all new ancillaries
    Standard engine 1600 (1641cc) 70BHP
    Upgrade to 1800 (1776cc) 90BHP
    Upgrade to 2000 (2020cc) 120BHP

  • Gearbox

    VW Type 1 Transaxle, 4 speed. Reconditioned using new mountings, gaiters, wheel bearings, oil seals and back plates. Optional high ratio.

  • Suspension - Front

    Independent by torsion beam and trailing arms.

  • Suspension - Rear

    Independent by torsion bars with swing axle/trailing arm, or optional independent/trailing arm with CV jointed driveshafts.

  • Brakes

    FRONT: Discs. REAR: Drums.

  • Wheels

    15"x5.5" with 195/60 15 tyres.

  • Performance

    Depending on final ratio, around 100mph for an 1800cc 90bhp, with 0-60 in around 9 seconds and approximately 35mpg under average use. 1600cc - 90mph, 38mpg; 2000cc - 105mph, 25mpg.

  • Dimensions

    Length: 3930mm, Width: 1676mm, Height:1260mm.

  • Upholstery

    Hand made to the highest standards by top class upholsterers. Choice of vinyl or leather upholstery; choice of upholstery colour. Optional seat styles.

  • Carpet

    Specially tailored for the Chesil Speedster. All exposed edges bound. Choice of colour.

  • Trim & Brightwork

    Using reproduction replica parts for bodywork, interior and dashboard gauges. Choice of gauge style.

  • Hood

    Hand made in "duck" material by skilled craftsman. Black as standard with choice of rear window size. Other colours available at extra cost.

  • Other Parts

    Spare wheel, jack and wheel brace.

  • Final Completion

    The completed car is given a full technical inspection and alignment check before being given a full MOT test. Please note that road tax is not included, as this is normally arranged by the new owner prior to collection. Please contact us if you would like to discuss an alternative arrangement.

Self Build Chesil Speedster Kits

Upgrades in safety and performance can be found in the engine, electrical and braking systems.

Customer support is a priority in Chesil’s complete service.

From initial advice to after sales back up, you can be sure of the support required to become, and remain, a satisfied customer.

The Chesil Motor Company proudly holds the position of being the leading Speedster replica manufacturer, whilst the Chesil Speedster has been described as ‘a leader in its class and a proud standard bearer for the UK kit industry as a whole’. The Chesil has full IVA compliance.

The Chesil's GRP body construction ensures that corrosion will never be a problem, and owners can feel well protected within its integral sub-chassis, giving incredible rigidity and safety.