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• our bring a trailer auction pick of the day is this 1967 volkswagen beetle, up for auction until thursday, july 14.
• for a buyer who wants a cost-effective way to get into vintage-car ownership, a 1960s bug like this is a perfect starting point.
• this example has had exterior and interior refinishing, as well as mechanical repairs and maintenance, and is in good working order.
there's a never-ending parade of high-dollar collectibles circulating car auctions, but sometimes there's more fun to be had with something more affordable that won't break the bank when it inevitably breaks down. this 1967 volkswagen beetle is just one such option, and it's currently up for auction on bring a trailer—which, like car and driver, is part of hearst autos.
vintage vws like this one are still relatively common, which tends to keep prices for nice examples within reach. a 1964 model, which we showcased a few months ago, ultimately sold for just $17,500. plus, with parts still widely available, repairs and maintenance won't be too much of a chore.
i should know. in high school and early college i drove a 1969 beetle as my daily driver. my father and i fixed up the car together in his garage and quickly learned how easy it is to remove the air-cooled flat-four to help facilitate repairs.
this 1967 model, which has been repainted in savannah beige, probably won't need much in the way of repairs or maintenance following the close of the auction, as the current owner has already done a lot of work. videos included in the auction listing show the car running smoothly—well, as smoothly as a sixties vw ever did.
the original 1.5-liter boxer four has been replaced with a larger-displacement 1.6-liter one from a later model that recently received a valve and timing adjustment as well as new spark plugs. the distributor cap, ignition rotor, and fuel filter have also been replaced.
the interior has been refurbished with matching savannah beige dashboard, door panels, and steering wheel. replacement seats were installed in the front and back and wear brown-colored vinyl covers that look period correct. the original stereo has been replaced with a vintage-style head unit with am and fm radio as well as bluetooth connectivity.
the beetle is not a pristine example, nor is it all original. the owner reports there are chips in the paint and a few dents here and there. perfectly restored show pieces might be the ideal to some, but if you ask me, i'd rather have a nice but imperfect car like this which will be less nerve-wracking to drive and enjoy. and there's a chance of getting a bargain: with five days go until the auction ends on thursday, july 14, the bidding is only at $5000.