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1972 Volkswagen Baja Bug

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I haven’t really wanted a Volkswagen Beetle in roughly two decades. When I first start pouring through European Car, Eurotuner, and Hot VWs (in late elementary school) the sheer breadth of available parts made personalizing a Bug seem like a great idea. That quickly shifted to GTIs and S4s as middle school rolled around, and the old People’s Car fell by the wayside. After spending a few weeks in LA, however, I’ve been rebitten by the Baja Bug. They’re a hilarious mix of tough off-roader, tuner expression, and disposably replaceable project car. This example is beautiful and well-made without being over the top. The wide tires aren’t too tall, the interior is custom but mostly comfortable, and overall it’s a well-composed Bug that would turn heads on the streets and rip corners on the trail.

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Year: 1972
Model: Beetle
Engine: 1.8 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 33,854 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Nicest BAJA east of the MISSISSIPPI RIVER. Over $20K Spent.
Sold new in CA. and has been in Kingman, Arizona since 1980. NC since Feb. 2015
Engine : 1835 Full Flow with less than 1000 miles on total Pan up restoration.
Carb. Weber 1CT 34.
Brand New EMPI Coil Over shocks.
Brand new 5 Wide bolt wheels Front 15X8 / Rear 15X10. Massive Dynasty all terrain tires 95% tread.
Fully Caged.
Fully Dynamated interior. Carpet and headliner in excellent condition. Quiet cabin
Crow 4 Point seat belt Harnesses.
Beautiful Leather (RECARO TYPE AND QUAILTY) Racing seats.
Sony MP3,XM,Disc with custom built speaker, woofer, and amp, rear deck. Great sound.
New Rear Disc system. New master cylinder.
Excellent HEAT, all lights and signals and off road lights work.
Never been off road. Period. Before or after BAJA restoration.
Took First Place at 2015 BUGOUT @ Motorsports Park, Richmond VA.
Crowd pleaser everywhere I go. Ready for show!
Clean North Carolina title in my name.
This car is 100% street legal and everything works. No disappointments.!!!!!! NO RUST!

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I had a Baja Bug toy as a child, and that’s why I want this one. It’s a total toy, one that you can dent but fix and wrench on in your garage, improve as you go, personalize and update all without breaking the bank. Bidding is still in strong “toy” territory – sub-$4k – at time of writing, but I’m guessing the seller is looking for much closer to $10k. We’ll see if the gap closes, but if it sells for mid-4 figures maybe I need to start imagining my own Beetle project again.