Sunny-day 1971 VW convertible

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The Beetle is said to be in excellent original condition

We recently ran a story about some favorite choices for springtime convertible driving, but somehow one of the cars intended for the list fell off.

To remedy that lapse, the Pick of the Day is an example of the car in question, a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle convertible, which would be the perfect choice as a first-time classic because:

1. The Beetle is an iconic collector car and is likely to have a following forever.
2. The Beetle has amazing build quality.
3. The Beetle is about the simplest and least-expensive collector car to maintain.

The original top looks to be in great condition

This ragtop Beetle has around 86,000 documented original miles, according to the Maple Lake, Minnesota, dealer advertising the VW on ClassicCars.com, and includes numerous service receipts and also has a bunch of oil change stickers on the door. The car is well-documented and includes a copy of the original title and bill of sale, warranty cards with VW required service records and owner’s manual.

It is a two-owner car that has always been garaged, well-maintained and pampered by both owners, the ad says. The paint is said to be original, as is the interior, top and top boot cover. The car also includes its original set of keys, plus its original spare tire and jack.

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The interior looks surprisingly fresh

The floors, running boards, frame rails and trunk are said to be solid and dry, the seller adds, and the chrome, including wheel trim, headlight and tail light bezels as well as both bumpers, is said to be in excellent condition.

The car is said to have never been driven winters by either owner and we believe it when looking at the pictures and reading the description.

These cars, especially in original condition, command quite a bit of money at auction, so this one with a price of only $12,950 looks to be an excellent buy.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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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.

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