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Paul D Smith - Member no 834

Car Type: Tygan Speedster

JJG 850D

Contact email:

Based in: Maidenhead, Berkshire

Joined Club: September 2009

My car was purchased from Colin McGuire in August 09.  Colin was the ex Tygan R & D Manager and is a thoroughly nice chap! 

As a development car my Speedster features Red 9 Design (Rotherham) front and rear suspension system which initially gave me cause for apprehension but fortunately has proved reliable and I could recommend it as a worthwhile upgrade/enhancement to the overall enjoyment of the car.

The car is based in Berkshire and my email is:

Car Specification Details:


Built 2007 and used by Tygan as their development car and demonstrator along the M40.

  • Based on a shortened ’66 Beetle chassis
  • The engine is a VW 1915cc Type 1, twin carbs, by Arnie Levics
  • Power - 110 HP, cruises nicely at 80 MPH !

Front Suspension:

  • All VW suspension removed (complete beam, steering box and suspension gone)
  • Replaced by Red 9 Design wishbone and coil over shock system combined with a 'quick' steering rack

Rear Suspension:

  • Rear torsion bar suspension removed
  • Still an IRS gearbox set up but now with Red 9 Design trailing arms and coil over shock absorbers in near vertical mounting – this gives a hard ride but responsive handling

Optional Extras (Factory Fitted):

  • Electric Front Demister Windscreen
  • Dashboard Clock
  • Secondary Oil Cooler

Extras fitted after the car was purchased:

  • Cigarette Lighter (for Sat Nav) fitted by Berkshire Bugs (Hurst, near Twyford)
  • Pertronix Ignitor 2, coil set, HT leads and coil relocation plate (c/o Kingfisher Customs)
  • Under body, suspension & heater channels wax oiled using Dinitrol 3125 (Practical Classics outright winner for rust proofing)
  • Rear Lap Belts
  • Steel Wheels powder coated by 'Sand Blast' of High Wycombe
  • Heater Blower Booster Kit – via Mid America Motor Works, USA
  • Porsche 356 Horn Push

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