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Production of the Volkswagen Beetle has definitely stopped. 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 1970s, which is carefully selected by the company.

To create the restomod, Milivié completely disassembles each car and completely rebuilds the chassis. Each buyer can choose personal options from this stage of manufacture. Then the body is mounted, and it develops well compared to the traditional Volkswagen Beetle. The car naturally assumes a more modern, more aerodynamic look. In particular, the hood is eight centimeters longer, and is surrounded by LED daytime running lights inspired by those from the Porsche 718 RSK.

A ducktail fin on the back of the car

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Milivié also equips this restomod with sportier bumpers front and rear, as well as rocker panels adorned with its name. The mirror caps are painted in body color, and the door handles are hidden in the doors. At the rear, a duck-tail spoiler hangs over the engine cover and a dual exhaust outlet. Milivié 1 is mounted on large 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.

No electrification under the bonnet

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Milivié could have electrified this MIlivié 1 story to fit in with the times. This is not the case: The trainer selects a 2.28 type 1 flat-four motor whose power is not communicated. The block is equipped with two Weber carburetors and an electronic ignition system. “Each engine is connected to a stainless steel exhaust system,” explains Milivié, who also equips the car with a ZF four-speed manual gearbox.

High-tech atmosphere inside Milivié 1

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On board this Milivié 1 we are far, very far from the cabin of the original Beetle. The Restomod has an enclosing 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 atmosphere, created by luxurious upholstery. Inside the doors or on the center console, some touch controls are directly integrated into the fabric.


Production of Milivié 1 is limited to 22 copies. “Each of them represents one million of the 22 million beetles produced,” explains the preparer. The call price for restomod is set at $ 570,000, or approximately € 542,110 at the time of writing these lines.

Shortly said

$ 570,000. This is the staggering amount that 22 lucky little guys will pay to afford the Milivié 1. This car is a remodel developed from a Volkswagen Beetle 1303, a model released in the early 1970s. The design of the small German chip is necessarily modernized, and becomes more sporty by taking new bumpers, large rims or even a rear spoiler of duck tail. No electrification is planned under the rear cover, a 2.28 type 1 flat-four engine equipped with two Weber carburetors is present. On board the cabin, Milivié installs two 12.3-inch screens, four heated paddle seats and luxurious upholstery, some parts of which hide touch controls.

Quentin Gueroult

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