1 of 8 Existing Handbuilt RUNGE Frankfurt Flyers Price: $160000
This listing is for the fifth Frankfurt Flyer ever built by Christopher Runge. You've probably seen these beautiful aluminum-bodied cars in Jalopnik and the Porsche 356 Registry.
These cars currently have a year-long wait list and a very similar build recently commanded $250,000. If you follow Chris's work you understand why - these are incredible cars that are absolutely stunning to gawk at and a blast to drive. This is an opportunity to pick up a VERY special Flyer without having to wait a year--or longer--on a wait list.
There are currently only eight (8) RUNGE's in existence and one of them is in Dubai so it's highly unlikely you'll see another one of these on the market any time soon.
"It’s rolling art, and a blast to drive." - Jason Torchinsky, Jalopnik
Each build has over a thousand hours dedicated to hand shaping the aluminum panels with a variety of metal shaping techniques from hammering the aluminum over a wood stump to rounding out curves with the English Wheel. You can find lots of amazing videos of Chris building these cars on Instagram (link below).
NOTABLE HISTORY OF THIS CAR:
1. This is the FIRST car to ever be titled as a "RUNGE". All prior builds were titled based off donor-vehicles but, as RUNGE's popularity grew, he became an official car manufacturer and this was the very first build officially titled as a RUNGE. There will never be another First, this is the one.
2. The engine is a 1964 Porsche 356C "Bruchrasa" built by Tom Bruch.
3. This is the Frankfurt Flyer which appeared in a 6 page spread in the Porsche 356 Registry entitled "1,465 Miles in a Frankfurt Flyer".
4. Featured in numerous articles around the world.
5. Jason Torchinsky, Jalopnik writer, helped fabricate the panel below the passenger headlight. You can see him working on it with Chris in this video: https://jalopnik.com/heres-how-you-bend-flat-metal-into-a-lovely-car-1786860042
Tech & Performance Specs:
Custom Tube Frame chassis w/ 84" wheelbase
4 Speed Transaxle
Trailing Arm Adjustable Rear Suspension with Shock Absorbers
Volkswagen Adjustable Front Beam
2 Seat Chassis Design
4 Volkswagen Drum Brakes
15" Blue Painted wheels
Vredestien 165R 15” H Rated Tires
Upper steel tubular frame
Superleggera Aluminum Tubular buck integrated for shaping skin
Porsche 356 C Case rebuilt by Tom Bruch
Standard Oil Filtration
Dual Zenith Carb/Intake
.050" 3003 Grade Mill Finish Aluminum with Brushed final finish
Hand hammered, rolled/wheeled body panels
.060" 5052 Inner support and floor pans
Hand Planished Rivetry
Clamshell opening rear center section with pins for removal
3 Section Body (Front Mid and Rear)
Lexan Competition style low profile windscreen with riveted base mount
Hand Painted livery
Louvered Rear Shell
Tonneau Cover for Single Pilot (covers passenger seat)
12V charging system
Beehive style rear lighting with brake/stop and signal
German style horn
Toggle Signal Switch
Push Button Ignition with on/off key
Leather seat padding in tobacco brown
Period Wood 3 Spoke Steering Wheel
Period Hand Brake
Period Style Roller Accelerator Pedal
German Single Speedometer Gauge Bezel
The Flyer comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, documentation, and an aluminum tonneau cover for when you prefer to drive Speed Racer style and leave the passenger at home.
A FEW OF THE ARTICLES FEATURING THE FRANKFURT FLYER:
What It's Like To Drive The Most Beautiful Homemade Car On Earth (Jason Torchinsky, Jalopnik, September 8, 2016): http://jalopnik.com/what-its-like-to-drive-the-most-beautiful-homemade-car-1786387789
Here's How You Bend Flat Metal Into A Lovely Car (Jason Torchinsky, Jalopnik, September 20, 2016): http://jalopnik.com/heres-how-you-bend-flat-metal-into-a-lovely-car-1786860042
1,465 Miles in a Frankfurt Flyer (Brian Aitken, Porsche 356 Registry, Nov/Dec 2016): http://briandaitken.com/1465-miles-in-a-frankfurt-flyer/
Meet the Man Building Gorgeous WWII-Style VW Roadsters by Hand (Collin Woodard, Road & Track, September 9, 2016): http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/videos/a30742/runge-hand-built-car/
You can follow Chris's amazing work on Instagram where he regularly posts photos and videos of his builds: http://www.instagram.com/christopher_runge/