Project Description

RCH Automotive

RCH Automotive is a company specializing in the continuation of classic 356 and 550 models. The cars are hand-crafted in the company’s factory in the northern town of Katerini, Greece. No use of ready kits. It’s all just talent, knowledge and hard work producing 2 cars per month, all with exceptional build quality and high end materials. We are distributor of all their models and are based in Luxembourg.

RCH 356

Genesis. The 356 by RCH Automotive represents timeless beauty. Based on a strengthened Volkswagen chassis the whole car is built to your specs. From choice of colors to engine size and suspension setup, your 356 will be unique.

Body Constructed of laminated fiberglass which prevents rust and bonded to an additional inner chassis frame for more stability.
Chassis Volkswagen chassis, sandblasted, polyurethane primed and painted. Soundproofing treatment.
Gearbox 4 or 5 speed depending on customer requirements & engine spec.
Front suspension Handmade front axle with wishbones, externally adjustable suspension, steering, wishbones.
Rear suspension VW IRS or swing axle with gas shock absorbers.
Optional rear anti-roll bar.
Engine Rebuilt with 100% new parts and unleaded heads. Complete new engines available on request.
Flat 4 air-cooled VW Type 1 or Type 4 with single or double carburetors.
1600cc/60PS
1776cc/90PS
1915cc/105PS
2275cc/150PS
2332cc/170PS
2700cc/200PS
All engines can be supplied with fuel injection instead of cars (optional extra).
Front brakes Disc brakes
Depending on power with 278-298mm rotors with VW 2, TAROX 6 or Porsche 4 piston calipers.
Rear brakes Depending on power standard VW Beetle brake drums or disc brakes with 262mm rotors.
Wheels Type: Steel chrome with hub caps.
Size: 5 1/2 x 15
Tires: 175/65/15 or 185/65/15
Delivery time Depending on model 12 to 24 weeks.
Warranties Rust: 15 years
Exterior color: 3 years
Mechanical parts, engine & transmission: 1 year
Leather interior: 3 years
Fiberglass body: lifetime of the car

RCH 356 Wide Body

Make it wider. Make it meaner. The 356 Wide Body is RCH Automotive’s take on an outlaw 356.

Body Constructed of laminated fiberglass which prevents rust and bonded to an additional inner chassis frame for more stability.
Chassis Volkswagen chassis, sandblasted, polyurethane primed and painted. Soundproofing treatment.
Gearbox 4 or 5 speed depending on customer requirements & engine spec.
Front suspension Handmade front axle with wishbones, externally adjustable suspension, wishbones, steering rack.
Rear suspension VW IRS, adjustable bump and rebound shock absorbers.
Optional racing technology.
Engine Rebuilt with 100% new parts and unleaded heads. Complete new engines available on request.
Flat 4 air-cooled VW Type 1 or Type 4 double carburettor.
2275cc/150PS
2332cc/170PS
2700cc/200PS
2900cc/250PS
All engines can be supplied with fuel injection instead of cars (optional extra).
Front brakes Disc brakes
Depending on power with 278-298mm rotors with VW 2, TAROX 6 or Porsche 4 piston calipers.
Rear brakes Disc brakes with 262mm rotors.
Wheels Type: Alloy, Porsche Fuchs style.
Size: Front 7 1/2 x 17, Rear 9 x 17
Tires: Front 215/45/17, Rear 255/40/17
Delivery time Depending on model 12 to 24 weeks.
Warranties Rust: 15 years
Exterior color: 3 years
Mechanical parts, engine & transmission: 1 year
Leather interior: 3 years
Fiberglass body: lifetime of the car

RCH 550

The 550 by RCH Automotive is the most exclusive and most hardcore RCH to date. A true performance machine with matching style. The 550 is built on a tubular frame chassis and comes with serious gear from fully adjustable racing suspension to a fuel injected 2.9L engine and big disc brakes if your heart so desires.

Body Constructed of laminated fiberglass with riveted stainless steel interior.
Chassis Tubular frame chassis.
Gearbox 4 or 5 speed depending on customer requirements & engine spec.
Front suspension Bespoke front axle with wishbones, externally adjustable suspension, 22cm sway bar.
Rear suspension Independent, reinforced.
Gas springs, height adjustable racing suspension.
Engine Rebuilt with 100% new parts and unleaded heads. Complete new engines available on request.
Flat 4 air-cooled VW Type 1 or Type 4 double carburettor.
2275cc/150PS
2332cc/170PS
2700cc/200PS
2900cc/250PS
All engines can be supplied with fuel injection instead of cars (optional extra).
Front brakes Disc brakes
Depending on power with 278mm rotors with VW 2 or TAROX 6 piston calipers.
Rear brakes Disc brakes with 262mm rotors.
Wheels Type: Steel painted or chrome with 5 x 205 stud pattern.
Size: 5 1/2 x 15″
Tires: Front 185/65/15, Rear 195/60/15
Delivery time 20 to 28 weeks.
Warranties Rust: 15 years
Exterior color: 3 years
Mechanical parts, engine & transmission: 1 year
Leather interior: 3 years
Fiberglass body: lifetime of the car

What we like

  • Handcrafted by professional coach builders

  • Customizable to fit your lifestyle and your budget

  • Unrivaled quality. Really. It is mesmerizing.

  • 100% made in Europe

  • At the wheel, you feel like James Dean

Logo | Replicar Hellas

RCH Automotive owner Ilias Gaganelis grew up in Germany and studied automotive engineering. He started RCH Automotive in 2008 in the midst of the financial crisis. He is a fighter and has made his company a fantastic success.

We like what RCH Automotive is doing so much that we actually bought an RCH 356 to join our fleet for Club use. We’ve had it since April 2016 and are impressed by its reliability after more than 13.000kms of use. It goes by the sweet name of Cathie and can be seen at our Clubhouse on appointment.

We are not the only ones loving the work of RCH Automotive. Discover what 4legend.com has to say about them (article in French):

Where to buy

RCH Automotive produces less than 30 cars per year. Each car is built bespoke to the new owner’s taste and requirements. The process of designing your very own RCH 356 or 550 is a fascinating and rewarding experience even long before driving it the first time.

Owning an RCH is a privilege as their cars are sold to a pretty tight circle of connoisseurs.  So how do you get “in”, we hear you say? The Car’tell has been chosen as a valued partner, which means that you can order one through us and we will accompany you in each and every step from design to delivery.

You will benefit from the best possible price anywhere in Europe. This is because we are based in Luxembourg and you will benefit from the lowest VAT rate in Europe. Only 17%. This saves thousands of euros on your purchase.

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