Getting your air-cooled VW engine purring like a kitten takes some work, but there are a few things you can do to help release the inner feline in your flat 4.

Discarding the mechanical points in favour of electronic ignition is a common upgrade, which utilises modern electrics to help prevent running problems caused by sticking contact breakers. The 009 distributor which operates centrifugally, without vacuum advance will improve throttle response and is a popular swap for those running twin carburettors.

Fortunately for us, the good folk at SSP have their ear to the ground when it comes to making products that enthusiasts really want, and they have made just that: a 009 distributor with a built-in electronic ignition, at a great price.

Retailing at £108.95, you can find them online at by searching for part number AC905006 and benefit from free UK delivery too.