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Production of the Volkswagen Beetle stops for good. But the little German chip has not said its last word. The German tuner Milivié thus offers its own version of this iconic car. It is a restomod developed from a first generation Beetle, a 1303 model from the early 70’s that is carefully selected by the company.

In order to create the restomod, Milivié completely dismantles each car and completely rebuilds the chassis. Each buyer can opt for custom configurations from this stage of manufacture. The bodywork is then installed and performs well compared to the traditional Volkswagen Beetle. The car obviously takes on a more modern and streamlined look. Specifically, the hood is eight inches longer and is surrounded by LED daytime running lights inspired by those of the Porsche 718 RSK.

A duck tail fin in the back of the car

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Milivié also equips this restomod with more sporty front and rear bumpers, as well as tilting panels adorned with its name. The lids on the mirrors are painted the color of the body and the door handles are hidden on the doors. At the rear, a duck-tail spoiler flies over the engine cover and a dual exhaust outlet. The Milivié 1 stands on large 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.

No electrification under the hood

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Milivié could have electrified this story of MIlivié 1 to fit the times. Not so: the coach opts for a four-stroke type 2.28 engine 1 whose power is not communicated. The block is equipped with two Weber carburetors and an electronic ignition system. “Each engine is paired with a stainless steel exhaust system,” specifies Milivié, who also equips the car with a four-speed ZF manual gearbox.

High-tech atmosphere in Milivié 1

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Aboard this Milivié 1, we are far, far away from the cockpit of the original Beetle. The restomod has a surround dashboard with two 12.3-inch screens, one for the instrument panel and one for the infotainment system. Four heated bucket seats accommodate passengers in an exclusive setting, created by luxury upholstery. Inside the doors or in the center console, some touch controls are directly integrated into the fabric.


Milivié 1 production is limited to 22 copies. “Each represents one million of the 22 million Beetles produced,” explains the trainer. The restomod’s call price is set at $ 570,000, or about $ 542,110 at the time of writing.

To sum up

$ 570,000. This is the amazing amount that 22 lucky guys will pay to pay for the Milivié 1. This car is a restomod developed from a Volkswagen Beetle 1303, a model launched in the early 70’s. The design of the small German chip is necessarily modernized and it becomes more sporty by adopting new bumpers, large rims or even a ducktail rear spoiler. No electrification is expected under the rear cover, it is a 2.28 four-stroke type 1 engine equipped with two existing Weber carburetors. On board the cabin, Milivié installs two 12.3-inch screens, four heated bucket seats and luxurious upholstery, some of which hide touch controls.

Quentin Gueroult

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