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Babe Magnet: The VW Basbo Flash

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I honestly don’t know the story behind this amazing feat of engineering, but here it is.

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Very cool.  The styling just screams high performance babe magnet.

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Serious aerodynamics here.  This dragon wagon chills at close to the speed of light and it beats your ride even while parked.  Okay, it’s got an unfortunate license plate, but hey, the hotness overrides the WOBL1.  Let’s have a look at the interior.

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IT’S A COCKPIT! Way cool.  But, um, where is the  silicone/saline siren supposed to sit?  Seems to be a slight design oversight, but admit it, you’re still cruising at 3,000 feet right?

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Not quite.  Sometimes scale matters.  You are travelling at whelp speed in a truncated tadpole…

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..only worse.  It’s a Mars Bar with wheels and an embarrassing license plate.

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Screw it; it’s basic transportation.  Let’s mess with the traffic and laugh about it while feeling Green and saving the planet.  (Sorry, there’s no room for you. Get your own tadpole, mooch.)

So is it a Babe Magnet or not?  Phhht.  For the money, I’d buy a Harley and a rainsuit instead, and I’d still get better mileage than Mr. Tadpole.

BUT if  I were forced into driving a dorkmobile, and only upon penalty of death, I’d choose this, if only for the nostalgia:

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Sam Lowry drove a Messerschmitt in BRAZIL.

[Top images via email from Dan S.  Don’t miss this excellent collection of Babe Magnets.]

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7 Responses to “Babe Magnet: The VW Basbo Flash”

  1. Finicky Penguin Says:

    Hey. Just letting you know, I’m back. Someone needs to celebrate or something.

  2. nursemyra Says:

    Cars don’t do it for me. I just want to get from A to B

  3. andiscandis Says:

    I read about this car a while ago and, if memory serves, it’s made from some sort of super lightweight carbon fiber. It DOES seat two, one in back of the other, like a Harley. Unlike a Harley, which, once tricked out, gets in the mid-20s per gal, this thing gets over 200 MPG.

  4. Bunk Strutts Says:

    andisc– My initial reaction was, “oh, yeah, right,” until I found this.

    Apparently this ultralite 1 liter vehicle gets .89 liters per 100km, which translates to 264 mpg!! Wow.

  5. andiscandis Says:

    Yeah, every once in a while I know what I’m talking about. It’s not often, though, so remember this day!

  6. Bunk Strutts Says:

    andisc– I never intended to drag your fine name through the primordial ooze of life because I honestly thought 200 mpg was a typo. I sit corrected. You are now my favorite commenter for the month of April.

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