I’ll say it right now: a VW Beetle, especially a Super Beetle, has got to be the easiest classic car that you can own and actually use today. If you spend any time on the West Coast, you will still see many of these cars not used as classic cars but as daily driver. Try to think of any other classic car that can so easily be used for everyday use.
The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle that looks to be an excellent example of the breed. This would be the last year that the Super Beetle would have a flat windshield, making it in many ways the end of an era for all Beetles.
According to the located in Kentwood, Michigan, dealer advertising the VW on ClassicCars.com, this car is a total time capsule that still wears its original Enzian Blue paint and white interior. The car has had three owners from new, and the only things changed on it have been replacement tires and windshield wiper blades.
The Super Beetle was the final development of the original VW Beetle, which occurred as Volkswagen saw sales of the Beetle gradually drop over the years and because the German automaker wanted to fill the gap before they introduced the front-wheel-drive VW Golf/Rabbit.
While it looks much like the original, non-super Beetle, the model 1302 Super Beetle had quite a lot of new design and engineering elements on board. The front suspension finally did away with the original torsion bar setup is favor of MacPherson struts with coil springs.
This accomplished four things: It gave the front trunk more storage capacity, reduced weight, provided improved ride quality and improved the turning radius of the car.
The Super Beetle also had increased interior space, better ventilation, even a passenger vanity mirror, making the already practical Beetle even more so.
VW Beetle purists tend to shun the Super Beetle, but it actually is a better driving car than the regular models.
This car has only covered 60,000 miles from new, according to the seller, and it includes all service history and paperwork from new, including the original window sticker, dealer invoice, congratulations letter from the selling dealer, owner’s card, and owner’s manual.
This car was also equipped with the optional Auto Stick transmission, basically the VW equivalent of the Porsche Sportomatic, which the ad says functions perfectly.
The asking price of this Super Beetle is $14,900, which sounds like a good deal on a classic car that you could buy and drive home, no matter whether that home was 200 or 2,000 miles away.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.