1985 Volkswagen Beetle “50 Jahre Käfer”

There’s always those cars we wish we would have bought new and then locked away immediately, preserved for a later date for investment purposes or merely to have a new example of a favorite vehicle for use years down the road. If it’s a vintage VW Beetle you crave, few come more out of the wrapper than this 1985 “50 Jahre Käfer” or “50 Years Beetle,” built to celebrate the 50th year of production of the people’s car. This example for sale near Stuttgart, Germany has just over 50 (yes, fifty) miles on the clock and still has the plastic wrappers on the seats. Even a bit of the cosmoline is still apparent underneath. This would certainly be of interest to any Volkswagen dealer seeking to draw in customers to the showroom.

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Ur-Ur-Ur-Quattro: 1958 Auto-Union/DKW Munga

Nearly 4 years ago, Paul wrote up a 1957 Auto Union Munga, rare to see at all in the U.S. and with some practical updates. In fact, it wasn’t really a Munga at all anymore; the body had been taken off and mounted onto a 1968 Beetle chassis complete with the 1600 flat-4. Now listed as a 1958 model and missing the centercaps, it appears this very same vehicle is back up for sale. What does the title of this feature mean? Well, for those in the know, the genesis of the Ur-Quattro started with a bunch of Audi models that were outpaced on a test drive through some snowy roads by a military-spec Volkswagen Iltis. So, the Iltis was really the Ur-Ur-Quattro – but in fact, the Iltis itself was heavily based upon the earlier Munga from the 1950s. That’s right rally faithful, your precious Quattro was an antique long before it was a trend-setter! Okay, so it’s an over simplification, but it is still neat to track the history of these cars and where the designs came from:

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1965 Volkswagen Beetle

The beauty of the Volkswagen Beetle as a practical classic is that so many of them were built. Over 21 million, in fact. Sure, this doesn’t make them particularly rare, but given the laws of attrition, there are still a few good ones lurking out there, even those that are unmodified. This 1965 Beetle for sale in Pennsylvania is one of those cars, ready to roll for the air-cooled enthusiast.

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1952 Volkswagen Beetle

The original Volkswagen Beetle was a lot of things to a lot of motorists. It’s the car that helped put post World War II Germany back on the map. It was basic transportation to a number of baby boomers and now considered a collectable to a number of air-cooled VW fans. While Volkswagen hit its sales stride in the 1960s, early Beetles such as this 1952 example are highly prized as they offer a window to where the company got its start. Hard to believe this innocent looking vehicle was the brainchild of one of the most brutal dictators of the recent history.

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Year: 1952
Model: Beetle
Engine: 1.1 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 75,000 mi
Price: No reserve auction

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Up for sale 1952 Volkswagen Beetle Classic
Radio/power pack fully restored and functional
Dash pod restored by Zarwerks
All fasteners oil-blackened as original
Original wiring harness duplicated in both cloth and PVC
Original moldings and ribbed bumpers
16 x 15.00 Firestone tires
Fully restored and functioning semaphores
Original German manual
Many NOS parts including tail lights, air cleaner, exhaust, interior light, dash switches, rear ashtray, bumpers, ignition switch, horn button, hubcaps, Hirshmann red-tip antenna
I will offer shipping for my car, for a quotation send me your zip code.

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The earlier Beetles are more compromised than later models, mostly due to their 6 volt electrical system and non-syncromesh gearbox. However, they bring big sums in comparison to later models. A car that presents well like this, especially with the canvas sunroof, can easily breach $30,000. Given that, I’m not surprised where bidding is headed on this one.

-Paul

1967 Volkswagen Beetle

The 1967 Volkswagen Beetle. For those air-cooled VW fans in the know, this was a great year for the venerable “people’s car.” It was the year VW introduced a 12 volt electrical system to the Bug, along with a host of other improvements, such as rear back-up lights and a bigger 1.5 liter engine for US customers that was good for 53 bhp. This particular Beetle for sale in Georgia has been restored and is a good one to snag if you’re looking for a turn-key example.

Year: 1967
Model: Beetle
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 40,422 mi (150 mi on engine rebuild)
Price: $16,995 Buy It Now

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Despite its wonderful lowered stance and slightly oversized rubber, this ultra-clean 1967 Volkswagen Beetle is the product of an exacting restoration that returned it to almost factory-fresh condition. If you’ve been watching the auctions and price guides, you know that these early Beetles are on the move, and this one has the right look to make it a wonderful addition to your collection.

The soft Zenith Blue paint is your first tipoff that this car is something special. Everyone paints them some bright hue, but the guy who restored this one wanted the details and the quality to speak for him, so he went with subtle instead. Fit and finish are excellent thanks to a combination of legendary quality from the factory and a careful restoration that cut no corners. All the early VW design cues are there, from the flat windshield to the small marker and tail lights. The paint was done about three years ago and has been stored indoors since then, and it shows. The shine is just right and it’s not loaded up with metallic, so it has a correct 1967 look that’s immensely appealing. We could wear out the word “new” with all equipment that went into the restoration, but the list includes the running boards, the chrome bumpers, the emblems, and the weather-stripping. This is an extremely nice little Beetle.

We’ll use the word “new” a lot more inside, where the interior has been completely restored to factory specs. The low-back buckets are a nice find and a welcome change from the high-back chairs that most of us are used to seeing in later Beetles, and they’re covered in correct woven vinyl seat covers. Factory-style carpets and matching black door panels are utilitarian but accurate, and again, it’s the quality that stands out more than the design itself-the car just feels substantial. The original dash has just the big speedometer with integral fuel gauge, but that’s all you need in the world’s most reliable air-cooled automobile, although the wood-rimmed Grant GT wheel is a welcome addition. A vintage AM/FM radio lives in the dash, and it was probably cutting-edge technology for a 1967 Volkswagen. Up front there’s a spotless trunk complete with a tool roll and a spare tire assembly that may very well be original.

The 1600 cc flat-four was rebuilt to factory specs just 150 miles ago, so it’s ready to enjoy the moment it rolls off the trailer. While it was on the engine stand, it was filled with new internals that ensure long-term reliability, and after it was buttoned up, the engine and engine compartment were detailed for show. From the shiny pulleys on the factory generator to the original air cleaner and fan shroud, this is how it would have looked (probably better, actually) back on the showroom floor. It starts quickly and has that famous VW whistling exhaust note that is a big part of the Beetle’s charm. The floor pans are new, which is hardly a demerit in the VW world, and the brakes are all-new throughout. The suspension was subtly lowered and it uses slightly oversized wheels, but those 135/15 and 195/60/15 radials look great under the rounded fenders.

Early Beetles restored to this level are fetching big numbers these days. If you want an excellent example, now is the time to buy and this is an outstanding candidate. Call today!

I have a personal connection to the ’67 Bug, as my father drove one as a daily driver when I was born. It wasn’t as nice as this example, but it amazes me how a little over 30 years cars have advanced so far, for better (or sometimes) worse. Almost $17,000 for a ’67 Bug is a bit steep. Realistically this car may fetch somewhere in the $10,000 to $12,000 range at the high end. If it was a pre-1963 ragtop, we might be reaching a price point near to where this car is listed. With prices of other German classics on the rise, it’s nice to see one of the all-time greats holding steady and still rather accessible to collectors of more modest means.

-Paul

1957 Volkswagen Beetle

The original Volkswagen Beetle is one of those cars that is infinitely customizable. From dune buggies to dragsters, the possibilities are limitless. If I was going to add a classic Beetle to my collection, I’d probably go for a stock look with period add ons, such as this early Oval Window Bug for sale in Arizona. It’s not everyday you see a pre-1960s Bug, and they are well worth appreciating due to their unique features. Originally a California car, this one has been treated to a comprehensive restoration and pops in Horizon Blue with the wood slatted roof rack.

Year: 1957
Model: Beetle
Engine: 1.1 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 34,775 mi
Price: $21,750 Buy It Now

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1957 VW Beetle Oval Window!!!

Here is one of the nicest Beetles that I have ever come across. This car was the subject to an incredibly high quality body off restoration and is one of the nicest Oval windows in the country. This is truly an award winning car. This car was completed a few years and has competed at several shows winning several 1st place finishes. It is truly difficult to describe how nice this car is. This car is a very nice matching numbers California car finished in Horizon Blue with a beautiful set of color matched wheels tying both the exterior and interior together. Everything on the car has been finished to an incredibly high standard and everything on the car has been rebuilt. The engine is numbers matching as is the entire car. The body work is laser straight and absolutely gorgeous. The paint is stunning and virtually flawless.

At the time of restoration the car recived a gorgeous paint job on a beautiful straight rust free body, new chrome, a new interior, rebuilt engine, rebuilt transmission and a rebuilt suspension. This is one of the nicest Beetles I have seen in years. The cars underside is beautiful and in practically perfect condition. These cars are excellent cars to drive and enjoy either daily or just for fun on the weekends. They are beautiful to look at, rare to see, easy and even fun to maintain due to there simplicity. This is a beautiful collector quality car that will surely make its new owner very happy!

Exterior: This great looking Beetle was treated to a very high quality paint job and as you can see from the photos, it looks gorgeous. The body on the car is laser straight and free of “waves.” All of the doors, hood and deck lid all line up beautifully. They also shut with incredible ease. Many many hours went into making sure this car was finished to a high standard and making everything line up perfectly!. When looking inside the trunk area and looking at the nose of the car, it appears to be accident free and finished to a very high standard!!! The chrome on the car is like new and in excellent condition and has a beautiful shine. This car was stripped down to bare metal and was a full body off restoration. Every piece of glass, interior component, wiring harness etc was removed. This car was painted in bare shell inside and out at a very large expense. No corners were cut and it truly shows. Overall the exterior of the car is in excellent conditon!

Interior: The interior of this car is stunning!!! The interior was redone at the time of restoration and looks gorgeous. The interior is absolutely beautiful with tan seats and matching carpet. The seats are extremely comfortable and were done correctly with new foam. The dash is finished beautifully and everything WORKS! The headliner is in perfect shape as well. The seats are free of rips, stains, tears and odors etc. All of the gauges and lights work. Overall, I would say that the interior is in excellent shape!!!

Engine: The original 36hp engine has been rebuilt and starts up and runs like a top!!! When the engine was rebuilt it was detailed to show quality standards. It has been driven and enjoyed so it could use a couple of new stickers, but overall the engine compartment shows VERY well. The engine only has a few hundred miles on it since it has been rebuilt. The transmission was also rebuilt at the same time of the engine and it shifts through all of the gears with ease. The brakes and suspension have also been gone through and the car rides, steers and stops GREAT! This really is a great driving Beetle that can be driven daily or just for fun on the weekends. These are great cars because they are very reliable and any part you might need is readily available and very inexpensive. This car however, shouldn’t need anything for sometime! This car is ready to enjoy or show!

This is a great looking 100% Rust free Beetle that can be purchased for tens of thousands of dollars less than what it cost to build it. This is one of the nicest Beetles I Have come across in many years and is truly ready to be shown, driven and enjoyed. This car is a true collector quality car and all the credit for this beautiful car must go to the previous owner and the restoration shop that performed an absolutely stunning restoration

I can help arrange shipping anywhere in the world and international buyers are welcome to enjoy this beautiful Karmann Ghia! All Reasonable Offers Considered. Please do not hesitate to call me or email me with any questions. Justin (602) 339-2416

For years, air-cooled VWs were great cars for enthusiasts on a budget. They were cheap to fix and buy, but similar to Amphicars and the bubble car segments, prices have been trending upwards as of late. Vintage T1 and T2 Kombis are a favorite of collectors, as well as some slightly rare pieces like the Hebmüller Convertible and Type 34 Karmann Ghia, affectionately known as “Der Große Karmann.” For an early Oval Window, the asking price is at the high end of the range. If you could get it for somewhere a bit under $20,000, it would be well bought.

-Paul

1957 Volkswagen Beetle

After featuring a couple of nice Type IIIs and a Karmann Ghia, I figured it was about time to seek out a cool Type I Beetle once again. Some people deride the original Beetle for being noisy, slow and not particularly comfortable. I grew up with a 1967 Beetle, and to be honest, once I got to driving age, I didn’t give the old Beetles much thought. But every now and then one comes along that grabs my attention. Usually it will be one done up with the Cal Look, like this ’57 Oval Window for sale in San Diego.

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Year: 1957
Model: Beetle
Engine: 1.2 liter flat four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $17,000

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1957 Oval Window
Color – Dove Blue (See picture for original color)
Rebuilt Engine 36hp
Original Plates
I still have the original wheels, which are already painted to match.
I also have pictures of the restoration process and repairs.

Asking $17,000 OBO – Please call or email. Serious Buyers. Cash Only.

The one thing that annoys me with some Beetles is that they can be over restored. Paint that is just a bit too perfect, chrome that doesn’t belong on certain bits and an engine bay you can eat off of. You know the type of car I’m talking about. This Oval Window, though, is just nice enough without being too perfect. The wheels and wood slatted roof rack are a nice period touch, too. It would have been nice if the seller would have given a mileage figure, but this looks to be a pretty honest Bug. The asking price is right in line for Beetles of the period. Really good Oval Windows like this can bring anywhere from $14,000 to $15,000 with really well restored or good quality originals cresting $20,000.

-Paul

1962 Volkswagen Beetle with 29,000 Original Miles

As the saying goes, they are only original once. Long after hippies and the “Me” generation got through with them, it’s almost impossible to find an original Volkswagen Beetle that has not been restored or rusted out to bits. But here’s a stunning 1962 with a scant 29,000 miles on the clock for sale in Arizona.

Year: 1962
Model: Beetle
Engine: 1.2 liter flat four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 29,300
Price: $22,000 Buy It Now

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1962 Volkswagen Beetle 29,300 Original Miles

Bought in London England by a US Airman at VW Motors Limited. Had it shipped back to the States and it was driven less than 600 or so miles per year. This Special and Rare VW still retains its Original Paint and Interior…Yes, original all the way! This Bug has accumulated only 29,067 miles in its entire life. Take a look at the photos. If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime purchase of a VW for enjoyment or your collection…look no further. You may not find another one quite like this one. A storyboard with all the manuals, letters, registration, UK decal, purchase receipt, sales document, etc…Original OFL71 UK License Plates front and rear included. Also has the original Mohair Style headliner still intact and in great shape!
Absolutely no rust as the paint retains it’s original shine (unbelievable) Pans are like new! Interior is all original and has never been touched. The entire car for that matter has never been touched or taken apart. ALL ORIGINAL DRIVETRAIN. Let me stress the rare opportunity here folks! Take a look and make your best bid. Don’t lose this one to someone else!

Brian featured a 1965 Beetle two weeks ago. That particular car sold for $11,950, but was restored, had a 1,700 cc engine under the bonnet and was modified slightly. So is originality worth another $10,000? To the most rabid of air-cooled VW enthusiasts, possibly. In reality, I would suspect this car might pull about $17,000 to $20,000 at the maximum.

-Paul

1965 Volkswagen Beetle

An all time classic, the VW beetle is the car that is responsible for my passion for cars. Growing up my father drove Beetles and it seemed that in grade school everyone in my town had one, which could very well have been the case. With over 21 million cars produced over a span of 73 years, it is not only the longest running model ever, but one of the most iconic cars of all time.

With high production numbers and a huge parts aftermarket, the Beetle is the perfect platform for customizing on a budget. This ’65 is a nice clean example of a Beetle resto-mod.

Year: 1965
Model: Beetle
Engine: 1776cc
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 61,000
Price: $6,100 Reserve not met

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This Auction is for a used classic and collectible 1965 Volkswagen Beetle. This car is extra clean with having had a ground off restoration 6 Years ago. Has Cream interior. This car comes with rotors on the front and special wheels. There is a Alpine radio with CD system fitted. Engine is a 1776cc with new Webber carbs fitted recently (90HP). Comes with a full car cover and overlay mats. This car runs and drives well and needs a to find a good home. This car is available for any inspection.

With a mild restoration and stock engine, this car is a nice clean driver condition vehicle.  Given the condition and mileage of this car I would expect that it is close to meeting its reserve and likely should sell in the $7,500 to $8,500 range. We’ll have to see how motivated the seller actually is in a few days.

-Brian

1967 Volkswagen Beetle “Cal Look”

Love it or hate it, the original Volkswagen Beetle was a milestone car. Millions were sold and nearly everyone you talk to has a story about one. Granted it was not very fast and the brainchild of a dictator, but it brought simple, well engineered motoring to the masses the world over. My father owned several, including a 1967 model. This was a significant year for the Beetle, as a larger, 1500cc engine was introduced, along with 12 volt electrics. Around that time in the 1960s, the Cal Look became popular with Beetle owners, which usually included Porsche wheels, a lowered stance and various engine and exhaust modifications. This example for sale in California is an example of the Cal Look, benefitting from a recent rebuild and some tasteful modifications.

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Exceptional 1967 Sunroof Bug. Original California Black Plate Car. New Bare metal paint, complete new interior, new Type 1 Raby 2165cc Engine (best of the best internals), new Rancho GBox, new brakes, new suspension.

Exterior: Fresh Paint, new chrome etc throughout. Euro Bumpers, pre 63 indicators, US spec rear lights, pop outs, new seals throughout and top tint screen. Cab decklid – Fuchs (Flat4 detailed by Al Reed), new tyres Yokohama 205/70 Rear and 165/60s up front. Interior: new headliner, new red mesh seat covers, new German squareweave, new shifter (BugPack), new steering wheel (Flat4), 150mph speedo, rebuilt Sapphire AM/FMRadio, new black and red Coco Mats.

Running Gear: New 2165cc Jake Raby motor (certified dyno sheet available 165.4 hp at 7000rpm), new Rancho ProStreet Box 3.88 and 0.89, CB Performance disks F and R, CB 2 inch narrow front beam, new KYBs all round. Intermediate tranny support, zero wheel hop.

Only just finished the build. Don’t know what to say really, super cool ’67, the car goes like stink, sounds and looks awesome and stops on a button, very very special car. Built, perfected and assembled to my specs in Southern California by Mike Moses. Mechanicals from Proformance and VW Paradise, the car will cruise at well above modern speeds, with ease all day. Looking at another purchase, hence reason for the considered sale, may consider a pre 67 Crew Cab or mango/mignon pre 64 old speed RAGTOP BUG. Please note everything on this car is NEW…..EVERYTHING including the engine which is a 10k item, with complete build spec sheets and dynomometer paper work 165.4hp at 7000rpm come with the car.

The car is a flying machine, not a stonechip not a blemish NEW, will take some new interior pics in the next few days, needless to say its perfect red mesh and grey squareweave, new rubber mats etc.

Vintage Beetles don’t usually pique my interest, but certain ones, such as this example, catch my attention. The color combination is pleasing, the wheels are superb, the stance is just right and I can’t even imagine how peppy this thing would be with 165 horsepower.

-Paul