Thursday, November 17, 2016

1974 Volkswagen Beetle

The people’s car was intended as an affordable and cheap means for all, and that still rings true today. This beetle is cheap, but does need some attention. Parked in 2002 and last started in 2004, this beetle has undergone a partial restoration on the body itself in 1998. Currently bid up to $676.00 this could be a cheap and fun driver for someone. Find it here on ebay out of Telford, Pennsylvania.

The dual port engine was last run back in 2004, so hopefully after sitting for 12 years all the engine needs is some fresh oil, fuel, and a tune up. The 4 speed manual is listed as operating fine in the 4 forward gears but suffers from reverse gear pop out syndrome. Not too big of a deal to hold it in reverse, but could also be a partially worn linkage issue.

Here is where it gets a little hairy. From what we can see of the interior components, they look nice. The door panels, dash, and seats all look nice and suitable for a driver. Here is the bad. This Beetle needs new floor pans, and the heater channels need attention. The driver side could likely stand to have the entire pan replaced, and the passenger may be able to get away with a half pan replacement. The driver side heater channel definitely needs repair, and the passenger side needs to be looked over. But here is the good. The body on this standard Beetle is pretty nice. These later style Beetles have a fresh air scoop behind the rear side windows. It is shaped like a crescent moon. There is usually a lot of bubbling and rot located here. The exterior heater channel walls looks nice on this bug as do the fenders. The front tire well area is difficult to see clearly, but looks to be nice, as this is another trouble spot on Beetles. The lower edge of the body looks nice and bubble free as well. The front fender looks to have taken a fender bender where the paint looks to have chipped off in a large section. Aside from that the body looks nice. This Beetle appears to be complete, looking to only lack an interior carpet kit.

With some time, patience, and fresh metal, this beetle could be cheap fun for the right person.  What would you do with this Volkswagen Beetle?

1961 Volkswagen Pickup

The well-loved and admired Volkswagen pickups are highly sought after and are always difficult to find in any condition. This particular VW has spent close to 30 years in storage, and has a history with Vangaurd Volkswagen Repair out of California. These workhorse VW’s typically lived a hard life where they eventually became engulfed in rust, dents, and dings. This VW is ready to be revived and has minimal rust which is a huge selling point for this VW. Priced at $14,500, we think that price is reasonable for a pickup with so little rust. Find it here on ebay out of Billings, Montana.

The interiors in VW’s are minimalistic, but just fine. Sadly someone has taken it upon themselves to break the glass over the speedometer, and the radio. The original rubber mat is in place, but the door panels and seat are missing in action.


After you see a few of these pickups in person, you start to realize how rare they are, and how rusty they usually are. This particular VW is a gem. The rust is very tame on this one. The front “step” area of where you get in is usually a big problem on any VW bus. Water, dirt and weight transition all lead to the step being a very cancerous spot that can often be missing from one to many steps. The step and front floor looks remarkably solid in this one. The rockers are very nice with minimal to no rust. The lower doors have some rust on the inside of them, and one of the lower doors is stuck shut. The tailgates are decent with minor bubbling at the bottom edges. The tailend of this pick up is decent, as some dent repair has been executed to fix the obvious. The engine cover has a sizeable dent in it, but the engine bay itself is very clean. The Nose of this pickup is nice and appears accident free. There is some denting to the roof section as well. Underneath of this VW is a dream come true for many. Rust is minimal, and this is a very solid starter. Paint on this VW is old and dry, but we love the “Vanaurd Volkswagen Repair” painted on the nose. The seller has mentioned that the original blue is still on the passenger door under the primer, and that someone with some time and wet sanding skills could bring back the blue for a matching blue original look.

There is an engine present with this VW but it is unclear as to if it is original to this VW. It does appear to be a correct single port engine, but other than that, there is no further information to the drivetrains condition.  It would appear that someone took particular interest and care in this VW’s engine as it has a large external oil cooler and remote oil filter kit. Fortunately VW’s 1930’s technology is easy to rebuild, so even if the engine is toast, it would not be a bad project to take on.

With lots of potential, this Volkswagen pickup is a very solid starting point and would be a great project for someone. It would easily make a great restoration project, or it could be maintained as is and could undergo a mechanical restoration. What would you do with this Volkswagen?


1955 VW Beetle

Having a car in your shed for 27 years reveals an impressive level of confidence you’ll eventually restore it. That’s how long the owner of this 1955 VW Beetle here on craigslist spotted by Barn Finds reader Olaf E. says he’s had this project stored, and it sounds like he has owned more than one oval window Bug in his lifetime. Makes you wonder what else is in the shed, doesn’t it? 

If I had the space, I would likely collect a few different varieties of one particular car I was passionate about. Right now, it’d be old BMWs; I’d simply squirrel them away and remove parts when needed. The fact that the seller sold off the trademark (and highly sought-after) “W” decklid with “the last oval I sold” tells me he’s owned enough of these rare, early Bugs that parting a few of them out wasn’t out of the question.

He wants $5,000 for this battered example, which bears the scars of front end damage and a rusty floorpan. It may be easier to swap the floor pans out and have a body shop specialist pull the nose back together. The oval window and first-year bullet blinkers (hopefully in his parts stash) are the things you can’t fake, so it’s good that the marquee features of an early model are still accounted for.

If this Bug could talk, it’d probably have a lot to say about being laid up for 27 years awaiting a restoration that never came. But of course, they can’t talk and hopefully the next owner will put this one back on the road. It’s rough, but it’s still too rare and too complete for further parting-out. Do you think this oval window will find its way back to running, driving condition?


1976 Volkswagen Bus

I’m currently on a trip in the Midwest, and as usual one of the first things I do is check out the local craigslist listings for finds. Considering how expensive Volkswagen buses have been going for lately, this seems like a bargain to me at $850. Yes, I know it’s not an older one, and has fewer (but larger) windows than the most wanted versions, but the price is only three digits! It’s listed here on craigslist and is located in Eagleville, Missouri.

Yes, there’s a catch or two. For one thing, there’s some rust. Not the worst of these I’ve ever seen, but if you want something really nice, some work will be in order. Also, there’s the little matter of a title–there isn’t one. The bus will be sold on a bill of sale.


Looking closely, honestly, the rust isn’t that bad, at least on this side. Remember, $850! However, it’s been sitting for fifteen years or so after an estate sale. The seller also reminds us that the glass is nice.

The interior doesn’t look bad at all! The seller tells us the floors are solid as well. All in all, this seems like a lot of vehicle for $850.

a4There’s even an engine in the back! We have no idea if it’s any good or not, but hey, it’s a Volkswagen flat four–how bad can it be? Would you take a chance on this bus?


1973 VW Transporter

Another rare version I’ve never heard of, this “Wild Westerner” VW bus has a $75.00 (at the time) package that includes this very unusual color scheme. This particular 1973 bus is largely original and is located in San Clemente, California. It’s listed for sale here on eBay, where early bidding has not yet met the reserve.

There’s a registry for these unusually colored buses right here, which also has some further information. I’d love to know the story behind this crazy color scheme! This bus features original paint except for the area below the blue stripe on the sliding door. It’s unfortunate that they weren’t able to match the paint any better than that!

Based on the crazing visible in this shot and some others, I thought the blue was a decal that had started to deteriorate, but by reading this forum thread apparently some think it is paint as well.. That being said, I sure wouldn’t want to replace it!

The seller stresses several times that the bus is rust free, and this floor shot really looks great!

The interior looks great, as it should since the seats, door panels, steering wheel, rubber mats and other interior panels are all new. The dash is original and uncracked.

The rest of the interior is finished to just as high a standard. I guess to some extent this is a restovivor, that is most of the paint and body is original while the interior has been restored.
The 1700 cc engine was rebuilt three years ago and needs nothing. The brakes have also just been rebuilt and this bus is ready to go. The seller states it’s been detailed as well; I’m hoping that some of these pictures were taken before detailing, because there’s certainly some dirt around the edges, so to speak. That being said, you have a rare option package here (okay, it’s paint, but hey, when have you seen another bus in these colors?) in a bus that appears to be in excellent condition. What do you think this will go for, and are you interested in some Wild Westerner cruising yourself?


1973 Super Beetle

Up in my neck of the woods in southern New England, there have always been a few salvage yards on my radar in the Bridgewater, Massachusetts area. For some reason, I have never had any luck gaining access to them, as they all seem to be pretty strict on the “no yard admittance” policy. This 1973 Super Beetle here on eBay looks to reside in one of these no-access yards, and the seller claims it has show car roots. What do you think? 

The seller has even gone so far as to repaint what the original graphics would have looked like, which seems like a lot of effort for this rusty Bug. Still, someone put some effort into it at one point with the aforementioned paint job, metal fender flares, wide Shelby-style mag wheels and a custom interior of questionable taste. It would be wild to see what this Bug looked like when it was fresh and new, as I’ll bet it was eye-catching in the streets.

Interestingly, the engine lid is fiberglass. One of my favorite features is the period-correct rear ski rack that mounted over the engine cover to make the transport of skis and poles possible in a car with limited storage options. I can only imagine this thing with fresh paint and snow tires heading up to Vermont for a weekend – what a scene that must have been! The car’s location in Massachusetts indicates some ties to a Northern climate, so it’s not surprising there’s rust in the running boards and elsewhere.

The interior sports custom seat covers, door panels, dashboard and more, and the rear seat has been replaced by a shelf with custom upholstery. The engine is said to have relatively low mileage and turn by hand, but the seller cannot locate the keys for the ignition. With a starting bid of $100 and no reserve, this could be an interesting project to restore back to period form. Would you revitalize the show car looks or keep it stock?


1965 Volkswagen Transporter

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