Grab this clean German convertible before it’s gone.
Whether you’re just starting out as a car collector or are looking for an easy-to-acquire addition, this 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle is worthy of your consideration. Immediately recognizable by even children, the Beetle is and likely always will be well-loved. That’s good news for your long-term investment. And since this VW is being offered by Classic Auto Mall at $20,000 it’s not going to break the bank. What’s more, finding parts and maintaining this car is relatively easy.
Gallery: Build Your Collection Using A 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle
You’re not going to find rust creeping in everywhere on this Beetle, but instead a lot of straight and very solid steel. That beautiful Marina Blue was resprayed only 2 years ago, which is why it looks nearly perfect. All the original exterior trim pieces are present, including the fender-mounted front turn signals as well as the rear combo lights. The black canvas convertible top is insulated for excellent comfort, plus it incorporates a rear glass window. Factory steel wheels are painted to match the body, with Volkswagen dog dish caps which have been chromed for an excellent presentation.
Just as important, this Super Beetle is mechanically sound. The seller is providing maintenance records from the past 27 years, including an engine rebuild just 3,000 miles ago. The engine is now a little more potent than spec, thanks to the addition of 87mm pistons plus a .385 x 275D camshaft, pushing displacement to 1641cc. A four-speed manual transmission is bolted up to it, as a dual exhaust with flashy chrome tips.
This Beetle is all-around impressive, and that includes the interior. Fresh vinyl upholstery covers the high-back front bucket seats and the rear bench. Vinyl also covers the door panels, while plain black carpeting is in good condition. The dash is also black and contains the factory gauge cluster, plus some original controls. An updated cassette deck has a wood surround, adding some interesting character. The factory-original steering wheel is also included.
Even though the Volkswagen Beetle was developed during WWII, production of civilian models didn’t start until 1945, after the close of the war. It took a while for the car to catch on in the United States, but once it did the rest was history. The Karmann-built cabriolet models like this first started in 1949. It was in 1971 the Super Beetle debuted, offering a larger front trunk thanks to a strut-type suspension.
This particular car is in better condition than most of this vintage. Contact Classic Auto Mall if you want to make an offer.