There’s nothing like a classic VW Beetle convertible to get your mind thinking of summer days and car shows. Right now, the temperature in New England is dipping down into the 20s at night and it’s downright unpleasant to be outside. That’s why I flagged this Beetle drop-top here on craigslist, to think warm thoughts and how I’d restore this $4K project.
The pictures certainly aren’t the greatest, but what I can see shows me all I want to know: this is an early-model Bug with the attractive chrome bumpers, slim taillights and recessed head lamps. The seller says there is “0 rust,” which I can only infer means there is no rot present. That’s good news, as Beetles of this generation often need an entire floor pan transplant if they’ve been neglected.
I wonder if that no rust claim also means original paint? It looks like it could be, and I believe a sort of primrose yellow was an available color on Beetles of this generation. The seller says he simply has too many projects to take on and needs to let this one go, only getting as far as new tires and new brakes before letting it descend into the “ran when parked” category. Thankfully, it appears to have been stored indoors.
The Beetle retains its 6V configuration, but not much else is said about the vehicle’s mechanical status. I did notice in this photo that the underside of the engine lid is a different cover, but given the car is the same color on every panel, I’m guessing this was a replacement engine lid that was quickly repainted to match. Overall, the price seems fair and this Bug soft-top seems like a great buy for the price – what do you think?