How One Engineer Designed & Built His Own ‘Classic’ Car



Name: 1975 Paulussen Beradino

Year Produced: 1975

Number Built: 1, prototype

Class: Sports Car

Body Type: 2-door hatchback coupe

Engine: 2.0 Porsche flat-6 engine

Power: 110 hp @ 5800 RPM

0-60mph: (?)

Top Speed: (?)

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 157.5 in/67.7 in/41 in

Wheelbase: (?)

Price: (?)

Walt Disney once said “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”.

Have you ever dreamt of having or building your own car? Most car enthusiasts dream things like this. It may seem unattainable except for Johannes Paulussen, a German engineer. At the age of 17, he came up with an idea of building his own sports car. At the time, sports cars like Ferrari GTO, Ford GT40, and Lamborghini Miura were emerging and he never had the money to buy these cars. He took to heart his father’s advise, “If you want to have such a car, you will have to build it yourself.” Thus, he began planning his dream car in 1965, and started building it three years later in 1968.

In a time when computers are not yet readily available with programs such as CAD or CAM as we know them today, Paulussen’s dream car would have to be designed, drawn and calculated by hand. Here’s one of his sketches dating back from 1968.


He designed three types of cars with different kinds of roofs.


To lower costs, he relied on existing components such as a used 6 cylinder, 2.0L Porsche engine rated at 110 hp which he found in a scrap yard. By its standards, the engine is already pretty decent. Other parts such as brakes, steering and electrical components came from different versions of the 993 found in scrap yards. The front axle was a Porsche 356, and the 4-speed manual transmission was a Volkswagen Beetle. He also used other pieces from some classic cars such as the hinges of the doors from a Jaguar E Type, and instrumentation from an Iso Rivolta and Glas 1700 GT. By 1975 he had it first registered with the German authorities as the “Paulusson Berradino Hardtop“.

By 1975, when Paulussen finished his college at the age of 25, his car was ready for road use and was registered as the “Paulussen Beradino Hardtop”.

With only 6K on the clock, he stored it back to his garage when it developed an oil leak and had loss of power. In 2009 and 2011, Paulussen began to make improvements and upgrades to his car including its own paint job. It was then exhibited in Concours d’Elegance of Classic Days at the Schloss Dyck in Germany bagging the best in prototype class. The visitors were astonished and impressed at Paulussen’s car. They even compared it to other popular sports cars. Paulussen’s homemade sports car looks appealing but the story of his success made it beautiful.


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