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    I just purchased a Classic Roadster Duchess and will be spending lots of intimate time with her in my garage trying to get her beauty and functionality back. (pics to come)

    In my constant search for parts and instructions one item continues to be suspiciously absent….the fuel tank….which I don’t have.

    As I understand it, this model had a custom tank that came as part of the kit.  I CANNOT FIND ONE ANYWHERE.

    Can anyone help me look in the right direction to find one or maybe offer alternatives to the original kit tank?

    Thanks in advance for your time.

    Paul Mossberg


    Hi Rick,

    The following comments apply to a VW based Duchess

    I doubt very much you will find a tank.

    It mounted on the floor pan in front of the passenger. It’s approximately 12 inches deep, parallels the center tube, front and back at right angles and the outer side (right side) is angled to match the shape of the outer pan.

    Filler tube enters the front of the tank, top left corner and runs under the “weight box” then up behind the grill to the “radiator cap”. The filler tube mounts to the cross bar that goes through the grill shell.

    It would be an easy tank to reproduce. I don’t have access to my car at the moment. If you still need info when I FINALLY get my car, I can provide more detailed measurements.

    You can also buy a fuel cell. There are several threads here discussing fuel cells.


    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

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    Peter C. King



    There are a number of sources of replacement tanks in the hot rod and replica markets. They can build a custom tank for big bucks or you can select from their selection of stock tanks. this manufacturer has a number of 11 gallon tanks in aluminum and steel that measure 12 x 12 x 18.

    This one costs $159.00


    Scott A Chynoweth


    Back when I built my trike I used a 10-12 gallon plastic boat fuel tank.I think it cost around $25 back then I think they run around $35-$40 now.Most fleet farm or farm and fleet,depending on your location. have them,or a boat dealer.

    Peter C. King



    The downside to a boat tank is that they have no impact or penetration resistance. Not good in an accident, or when the lawyers learn that you didn’t have a tank designed for a car, assuming that you survived the blaze. 

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