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1957 Volkswagen Beetle


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Of all the classic cars choices out there, few are as easy and fun to drive, enjoy, and maintain on a daily basis than the Volkswagen Beetle. Because of these facts we are hard pressed to think of a better way to enter the classic car world than the classic VW Beetle.

Our Pick of the Day is a 1957 Volkswagen Beetle sedan. The 1957 Beetle is the last of the classic era Beetles and is the last Beetle model that is likely to dramatically increase in value. It features all the best of the earliest Beetle features combined with a number of improvements that make them the easiest to own of the classic era Volkswagen cars.beetle pic 2

This example located in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and has an asking price of only $12,500.

These early Beetles have been quietly moving northward in price in the classic car market and this example looks to be very clean and restored in a period correct manner with the right materials and in the correct colors.

In the car’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the seller states that this car, “Is a real gem and is well maintained and cared for.” The seller adds that the car features an, “all new interior including head liner, seats, floor mats, and a restored steering wheel, all done to original specs. The transmission was replaced with an upgraded synchromesh transmission unit.”

This Beetle is also said to have only driven during summer months (less than 500 miles per year) and kept in heated garage during winter months.

The best part about the Beetle is how modern it still feels from behind the wheel. These cars can and are used regularly by owners as daily drivers and offer adequate performance, great fuel mileage, and amazing reliability. While we would not recommend driving an example as nice as this one to work every day, you definitely could if you were so inclined.

An added bonus is that a 1957 Beetle is eligible for every classic car driving event in the world, including the Mille Miglia. Not bad for a car that you can buy for $12,500. We cannot think of another single car model that has this kind of event eligibility for this little money.

So consider this humble Beetle as a car you may want to add to your collection. Most large collections include a Beetle and even the Jay Leno says that “every car collection should include a VW Beetle.”

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


  1. I owned a 1957 beetle just like this in 1963. I am publishing a Biography novel and would lie to use your picture . I will gladly pay for the picture and your permission to insert it in my book. THROUGH THE EYES OF A PORTHOLE. I have traveled the world on ships for 38 years and this is also about my travels. Please e-mail me with your picture and how to reach you. I use Paypal or Visa debit.

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