Few vehicles in history have been as recognizable, as prevalent and as loved as the VW Beetle. If you ever got punched in the arm by a friend who shouted “slug bug” when he or she saw a Beetle, you can relate to just how easy they are to spot. The iconic shape and fun community around the Beetle make it one America’s – and the world’s – favorite collector cars.
By many measures, the VW Beetle was a less-than-impressive automobile. It was a compact economy car at its core: low-powered and inexpensively built. Essentially it was a car for the masses (even referred to as the “people’s car”).
But over the course of more than 60 years of production, 21 million Beetles made their way onto the highways of the world and into the hearts of many motorists.
The Pick of the Day, a 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle convertible, is a car that evokes thoughts of sunshine and summertime, more perhaps than any other car in the collector car marketplace. It’s an immaculately restored car, according to the private seller in Canyon Lake, California, who’s advertising the VW on ClassicCars.com.
The seller describes the VW as an “award-winning car in its class,” and a “great running and enjoyable car to drive.”
Mechanically, the Super Beetle appears to have been well sorted with recent engine work, a rebuilt transmission, upgraded front disc brakes, and new tires. Cosmetically, it takes only one look at the yellow paint and interior to see that this VW has received the full treatment. The seller states that it needs nothing and can be driven and enjoyed right away.
VW enthusiasts will note that the car has had some enhancements to the motor including performance heads. For 1971, the Super Beetle received a 1,600 cc flat-4 engine with twin-port cylinder heads. It produced only 60 horsepower, but that was still enough to scoot the small car in relative swiftness. This car wasn’t never about speed anyway, and it looks fun to drive just standing still.
The seller is asking $18,950 for the chance to own perhaps one of the cleanest 49-year-old VW Super Beetles on the road. The best part might be the opportunity to slug a friend each time it comes into view.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day