- this classic sixties beetle might help anyone take a stroll down memory lane to their younger years, or even feel a twinge of nostalgia about classic ads that said things like, "if you run out of gas, it's easy to push."
- this beetle features a 1.2-liter flat-four engine and a four-speed manual transmission.
- the current bid is $12,000, but with a whole weekend before the auction ends on monday, march 28, we are curious to see how much this bahama blue classic goes for.
who doesn't feel a little nostalgic looking at a volkswagen beetle? this 1964 bug, currently for sale on the auction site bring a trailer—which, like car and driver, is part of hearst autos—is giving me all kinds of rosy memories. i can't help thinking of my mom and her sisters tooling around in one during their teenage years. one of my aunts missed those days so much, she bought a classic beetle as an adult just to relive a little of her youth on weekends. that personal connection, that nostalgia, is one of the main reasons i love classic cars, and i know i'm not alone.
this beetle is located about an hour north of san francisco. the current seller purchased it in 2020 and commissioned a repaint of the original bahama blue factory paint. additional work included reupholstering both front and rear seats and installing new doorsills and door panels and adding rubber floor mats. if you're a stickler about originality, the original panels are also included.
the engine is a 1.2-liter flat-four with a four-speed manual transmission. carburetor, valves, and timing have all been adjusted by the current owner, who also replaced the generator, voltage regulator, fuel lines, and the driver's-side window regulator. exterior upgrades included installing window moldings, exterior trim, chrome bumpers, and tubular bars. the beetle is finished off with white-painted 15-inch steel wheels with vw-branded caps.
the steering wheel features a wolfsburg crest (the city has been vw's headquarters for nearly a century) and a chrome horn bar. the five-digit odometer shows 89,000 miles, but total mileage is stated as unknown.
even though the beetle continued to be made until 2019 in mexico, these classics from the '60s and '70s are harder to come by in such good condition. anyone who has had a classic vw knows that it isn't just about the car; it's the whole culture that surrounds it. just looking through old vw ads and commercials while writing this was a blast. in the '60s, the car was unique, and today, it endures as one of the most noteworthy and bestselling cars of the era. this bug is going to make a great addition to somebody's collection; i sure wish i had space for it in mine. the auction ends on monday, march 28.