LOW OWNERSHIP, SOUTHERN BEETLE, 75K MILES, GREAT RESTO, 1600 CC, 4-SPEED, CLEAN!
Is there anything the Volkswagen Beetle can't do? It's been everywhere and done everything, including becoming a desirable collectable. This 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle is ample evidence that the days of finding these for pennies on the dollar are long gone, and reminds us that the good ones always represent the best value. This is a lot of car for the money!
Volkswagens can wear simple colors without looking like they're trying too hard, and white is a great choice for the personality-laden Beetle. While they're no longer a staple on America's highways, they are still recognized instantly by everyone from tiny children to seniors. This is one of those great cars that was restored by someone who loved it and therefore spent way more time and money on it than its sticker price would suggest. It shows great bodywork, a brilliant shine, and none of the usual trouble spots, clear evidence that it's been loved. Sure, it's been driven, but what Beetle hasn't, and the overall look is extremely appealing. VW fans will be pleased to see the simple red taillights that most prefer, as well as bright chrome bumpers, very nice rubber running boards (probably the last production car to use them), and just enough stainless trim to make it look right next to the flashy American iron. No major issues or faults, just a clean, honest Beetle that just happens to look like a million bucks.
Basic black was the standard interior for the Beetle, and the high-back buckets wear correct vinyl and cloth seat covers that seem to wear like granite over the years. Door panels recall an earlier era with built-in map pockets, and the dash remains simple with just a single round speedometer and integral fuel level gauge. The custom long-handled 4-speed gear shift falls easily to hand, and within a few miles you'll have mastered it, vague gates notwithstanding. Snug-fitting window gaskets help it seal up well, although I'm pretty sure the stories of VWs being so tight that they would float in water are an exaggeration. This one really is as basic as they come, although it does offer a newer AM/FM/CD stereo system and a cool storage bin on the transmission tunnel. Even the forward trunk area is neatly finished with a proper rubber mat.
Touch the starter and the 1600 cc flat-four springs to life and sounds like a Beetle should. The engine bay is quite tidy, showing off a lot of new equipment, including dual carbs and lots of polished aluminum and stainless trim. Those twin carburetors with open-element air cleaners help add a little horsepower and all the heater ducts are still in place. Other upgrades include the performance crank pulley, dual-outlet exhaust system, and an electronic ignition system. It starts easily and idles well, and despite its modest performance, this one feels like it could run forever. The aforementioned 4-speed manual transmission shifts better than most thanks to a recent rebuild, and no worries about the dreaded tin worm, because the bottom of this Beetle is extremely clean. Standard steel wheels were painted to match the bodywork and fitted with shiny hubcaps and trim rings, so this VW looks dressed up. Newer 195R15 blackwall radials are the right choice, offering better handling without a modern look.
Don't restore a rusty one, take this clean, fully-sorted Beetle home and just enjoy it. And with 75k original miles, you can be the first one to take this Bug around the world. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- iPod Compatible
- Vinyl Interior
- Build Receipts
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