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?