‘Volkswagen Touring Optimum’. 103 cars produced by Autohaus of Pompano Beach, FL Volkswagen Dealership. Autohaus was owned by Jan Brundage – son of Hubert Brundage who amongst other things was responsible for the original idea of Formula Vee.
Engine available in four stages of tune with Zenith 32NDIX carburettor, Empi manifold and extractor exhaust, Bosch centrifugal advance distributor, uprated clutch, 1600 gear shift linkage. Outside Monroe adjustable shock absorbers, anti-roll bar in front and overall car lowered 2 inches, blade bumpers, Pirelli Cinturato tyres, black and gold stripe on sides, chrome VTO badge on decklid. Inside Formula/Speedwell/Empi sourced wood rimmed steering wheel and Bendix TB-1 tachometer. The Stage 4 version had a Porsche engine with single carburettor, disc brakes, mag wheels, camber compensator, special graphics and interior accessories.
The first car was successfully driven in 1964 and 1965 at SCCA Sedan races driven by Porsche 356, Formula Vee driver and Brundage/Brumos employee Bill Bencker. The car nicknamed ‘Gray Ghost’.
Information courtesy Shin Watanabe via Rodrigo Kurmen and Fabian Dewar. Delivery photoset courtesy ‘Nonoob’ at Cal-look.no/lounge/