CLEAN BEETLE, SLICK BLACK PAINT, J BUGS 1600CC MOTOR W/ 1,600 MILES, CLEAN BUG!
Too late now, the VW Beetle has officially become a collector's item. After years of languishing on used car lots and in your neighbor's back yard, cars like this clean little 1965 Beetle have crossed over and become beloved toys rather than mere transportation appliances.
To be honest, the looks of the Beetle pretty much ensured that they'd always have a spot in our automotive hearts. They're still fun, reliable, inexpensive fun, but the numbers are on the move and taking this handsome restored example home can also be considered a good investment. Someone has already done all the hard work, so the body and paint are in very good shape and show no signs of ever having been anything but well-maintained. OK, so basic black doesn't look flashy, but it does let the traditional Beetle shape do all the talking and with an icon, it isn't about the color so much as the condition, and this one sparkles. Panel fit, which was already quite good from the factory, remains excellent, with the doors sealing up like the proverbial vault. Early car styling cues such as the small taillights and flat windshield make this one a desirable find, and with bright chrome bumpers it looks smartly dressed.
The black and white interior is bright and airy, perfect for the little Vee-Dub's personality. White seats are somewhat unusual, and have been restored using period-correct materials and original patterns with door panels to match. Color-matched dashboard inserts add a sense of style to the all-business interior, and the single round speedometer with integral fuel level gauge shows crisp markings. The big steering wheel makes it easy to maneuver the manual-steering-only Beetle, even in tight spots, and the four-speed shifter falls to hand easily where you'll quickly master its quirky feel. An AM/FM/CD stereo in the center of the dash looks like it could have been born there, had they been using CDs in 1965, and the overall look is warm and inviting with just enough wear on the seats to prove that it's been used as intended. The front trunk is lined in black carpet, and includes a spare tire that's never been used.
After an extensive round of upgrades, this Bug now carries a 1600 cc flat-four from J. Bugs, which delivers a bit more horsepower and torque to help the Beetle cope with American driving styles. Of course, like all Beetles, this one starts easily and will probably run forever with that traditional air-cooled VW sound, and the engine bay shows signs of regular maintenance in the three years since it was completed. A correct factory-style air cleaner feeds the single carburetor, there's a new set of ignition components, and all the heater ducting is still in place, which is more proof of conscientious ownership. Underneath, it's quite tidy, but it's also completely original and with that in mind, there are no signs of trouble in the usual spots. The heater boxes are solid, the pans are clean, and the area under the rear seat is solid. Chrome wheels aren't technically correct, but they look great with fresh hubcaps and a set of fat 165/80/15 radials, and two extra wheels and tires accompany the car.
The same reasons Beetles were popular when new make them popular today, but finding a good one like this can be a challenge. Call today!
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