GREAT SUPER BEETLE DRIVER, SOLID PAINT, FRESH INTERIOR, 1600 CC FLAT 4, 4-SPEED
It sure looks like the days of inexpensive Beetles are drawing to a close, which is probably a good thing. This handsome 1973 VW Super Beetle is still an excellent, economical way to join the hobby, but the way the market is moving, it just might be a smart investment, too.
Is there anything about the VW Beetle that hasn't already been said? There's more than one reason why they have endured for decades as the world's most popular car, and this one makes it easy to understand why they've recently started taking off as legitimate collectables. The cheeky good looks impressive build quality all work together to make one fun little hobby car, especially when they wear bright colors that only the Beetles seem to be able to pull off. This Beetle has been nicely maintained but not over-restored, and the fact that it has spent most of that life in a warm climate has certainly helped keep it looking good. The paint appears to be an older repaint, and shows a soft shine that betrays its age but looks exactly right on the vintage runabout even with a bit of orange peel showing in the final finish. Everything lines up neatly and the doors open and close with a precision that belies the car's affordable price tag. The Super Beetle offered a curved windshield, larger indicator lights, and subtly reshaped body panels, along with the big chrome bumpers, which remain in excellent condition.
The black interior is an excellent contrast to the bright orange bodywork, and while it might invite some comparisons with the Great Pumpkin, it's hard to deny that the combination doesn't look great. The Super Beetle was upgraded inside, as well, including a more stylish instrument panel, although it still embraced the single gauge motif. The hardware has a no-nonsense vibe and everything looks basic but feels expensive, typical of German cars of the period where the quality was tangible in everything you touched. The upholstery, carpets, and door panels are all in excellent condition with very little wear given their age, and there's an AM/FM radio in the dash that works as it should and provides reasonable entertainment when you're just cruising. The front trunk area is tidy and clean, and there's enough room for a few overnight bags, just in case you'd like to have an adventure in your new Beetle.
The familiar 1600 cc air-cooled flat four engine is a big part of the Beetle's appeal, with it's bulletproof reliability and familiar whistling exhaust note. This one still wears its original air cleaner assembly and carburetors, although there's an electronic ignition module in the distributor. It starts easily with that distinctive VW starter chatter, idles nicely, and delivers adequate performance for around-town errands. Stir the 4-speed manual properly and it's even entertaining to drive, thanks to a stable suspension and decent brakes. A recent long-range road trip proves this VW's road-worthiness and there are certainly worse ways to travel, most of which cost even more than this. Original steel wheels look about how you'd expect for being more than 40 years old and wear recent 165/80/15 radials that are just the right size.
You'll probably find that everyone is your friend when you drive a Beetle, and the way the market is moving, they won't be this affordable for much longer. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Rear Defogger
- Vinyl Interior
- Maintenance Records
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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