’63 VW Bug as gullwing exotic

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Once again, Volkswagen is killing off the Beetle, albeit this time it’s the New Beetle, the one done with an updated design and with the engine moved from the rear to the front. 

But not only were those early air-cooled Bugs inexpensive and effective transportation devices, sort of the Model T for the second half of the 20th Century, but they provided the underpinnings for all sorts of aftermarket conversion vehicles, from dune buggies to gullwinged exotics.

The Pick of the Day is one of those exotic-looking vehicles, a 1963 Aquila being offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by a specialist dealership in Scottsdale, Arizona.

According to the advertisement, only 150 such fiberglass bodies were produced by FiberFab of Cupertino, California, and of those 150, only a few were actually completed, the dealership says, adding that this the 137th body produced.

The car, the ad says, was “built to a very high quality with mostly newer parts,” including removable side windows, gull-wing doors, and a VW floor pan.

The car also has custom gauges and interior.

The dealership says the car’s wiring is new and that the car is “totally sorted out; no issues.”

The engine — presumably a standard mid-‘60s VW air-cooled four-banger, is linked to a manual gearbox. 

The asking price is $13,900.

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

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. I am very interested in this car would like to talk to dealer who is selling it through youfor more information. Thank you Fred D

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