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1970 Volkswagen Beetle

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Don't look now, but the Beetle has graduated to collector car status, and many of them are receiving the same top-quality restoration work that some of their more expensive contemporaries have been receiving for years. Restore a 1970 Mustang? Of course. Restore a 1970 Beetle? It's not as strange as it sounds, and after you have a look at this lovely pearl white Bug, perhaps you'll have a better understanding of why these cars remain so popular. Originally a California car, this one has been completely restored and finished in Lexus pearl white paint. The humble Beetle sheetmetal is elegant and clean. With virtually every part you could ever need available as a brand-new component, restored Beetles are often better than new, and that seems to apply in this case. Panel gaps are excellent, and while it's a myth that these cars can float because they seal up so well, this one is solid and tight. Although the restoration was completed in 2002, it's obvious that this one has received loving care ever since it was completed, and shows extremely well with few signs of use. If you're looking for a beautiful Beetle with great paint, this is it. Inside, the interior is simply gorgeous and about ten times nicer than anything they were installing in these cars originally. The tan fabric and vinyl combination compliments the Lexus paint beautifully, giving the utilitarian Beetle some real upscale threads that are also comfortable. The original seats have tweed covers that are comfortable no matter what the temperature, and custom door panels were created to match. Overhead there's a beautifully stitched headliner that's taut and wrinkle-free and the matching sun visors with matching brown piping are a nice touch. The simple single speedometer and integral fuel gauge are functional with no clouding on the instrument face and all the chrome and switchgear has been well-preserved or replaced with new pieces. For entertainment, a Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo has been installed in the dash, along with a set of Jensen speakers that sound fantastic. Up front, the trunk has been upholstered to match and includes one of the original steel wheels as a spare. In back there's a 1600 cc motor that was rebuilt about 5000 miles ago, and runs extremely well, with that characteristic VW sound. Nicely detailed with polished pulleys and case, a chrome air cleaner, and a Bosch coil, it's not radical, but that also means that it is every bit as reliable as the legend says it should be. Easy to tune and with excellent parts availability, these really are fantastic hobby cars that drive extremely well when they're properly sorted as this one is. The transaxle was rebuilt at the same time as the engine, and a Hurst shifter is a neat addition that helps fix some of the Beetle shifter's typical vagueness. The floor pans are exceptionally clean and do not appear to be replacements, suggesting that this car has spent its life in a dry climate and that someone took exceptional care of it. Those beautiful polished aluminum wheels were imported from Germany and transform the appearance of the car, especially with a set of relatively wide 195/60/15 Cooper Cobra radials. Beetles make wonderful starter collectables, and values are starting to inch up as collectors realize that really clean cars are hard to find. This one has been extremely well restored with a lot of neat custom touches, and runs every bit as good as it looks. VW fans are a wonderful group of hobbyists who embrace all aspects of the hobby, from stock to modified, and cars like this are welcome at just about any venue where interesting old cars are shown. And don't forget that they're still practical, efficient, and reliable, and even after 41 years, this is a car that you can drive anywhere with confidence, something that many collectables just can't claim. This wonderful little Beetle surely won't last long, so give us a call today!

Reference Number 127799

as of 5/28/2011

Car 1970 Volkswagen Beetle
VIN 1102631504 
Mileage 38,353 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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