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Cessna 172 on a VW Bug chassis

Nevada enthusiast Everett Kissieck combined an old 1959 Cessna 172 with a 1968 VW Beetle chassis to create a cool non-flying car.

Kissieck worked in public service and has been flying for more than 40 years, his last plane being an ex-military T-34 trainer.

“People ask all the time, does it fly?” Kissieck has heard that question too many times to count, this being the third aircraft-car he has built. “I’m retired and I had nothing to do, and I’m an ex-pilot,” he explains.

While nothing really new, this particular example has tons of curb appeal and nostalgia all warped up in one package.

First advertised in 2018 as ‘For Sale’ on Craigslist at the asking price of $25,000, the car was soon withdrawn thereafter due to timewasters.

However, this year it again appeared on eBay for $28,000. The owner says he must sell because he wants to start another project.

HISTORY

Version 1 was based on a golf cart and couldn’t be licensed, so Kissieck put Version 2 on a Beetle chassis.

They both sold quickly, so six months later, Kissieck found a damaged Cessna 172 and a beat-up Beetle with a 1600 four cylinder engine and four-speed gearbox, and Version 3 was borne.

The vehicle has a full complement of working car and almost all of the airplane gauges on the dash. The custom creation has working headlights in the cowling air intakes and turn signals, with strobe lights under the belly and on the tip of the plane. It also has the familiar red and green navigation lights on the wings.

The propeller actually works on a trolling motor (albeit very slowly), that is controlled from inside of the car, as not to be a hazard. Unfortunately it spins the wrong way for those perfectionists amongst us.

Four Torq-Thrust wheels on each corner help complete this work of art. While the chrome shroud around the exposed engine is a nice touch, it could have been finished better.

It has working flaps and also has a backup camera that stays on full-time like a rear-view mirror.

Whether you like the stubby wings or not, is a personal choice, but then it would not be complete without them.

More than 20 million Beetles were built over 60 years, and more than 44,000 Cessna 172 Skyhawk’s were assembled over 50-plus years of production, making it the most-produced airplane ever, so this combination makes for a very unique custom creation.

The car draws a crowd everywhere it goes, and has also won trophies at all the local car shows it attends. This could be a fun airport taxi or parade vehicle as it is street legal.

At age 80, Kissieck says he’s too old to fly, and with used Beetles getting more expensive, he’s decided to call it quits on the aircraft-car thing too.