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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1966 Volkswagen Beetle

Vintage Vee-Dub with several upgrades


Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this 1966 Volkswagen Beetle featuring several upgrades. Painted metallic teal with a sandalwood vinyl interior, this Beetle is powered by a 1600cc air-cooled flat-four engine mated to a four-speed manual transmission. Equipment includes an upgraded 12-volt electrical system, an aftermarket AM/FM radio, lap belts and tinted side and rear windows. This Beetle comes with jack tools, aftermarket floor mats and a clear California title in the seller’s name.

The exterior has been refinished in metallic teal. Features include chrome over-rider bumpers, glass-covered headlights with chrome visors, chrome mirror caps, driver- and passenger-side window rain guards, and tinted pop-out quarter windows.

1966 Volkswagen Beetle
1966 Volkswagen Beetle

A set of chrome 15-inch wheels with chrome VW-branded wheel covers are wrapped in new 165/80 radial tires. You’ll find the same tires mounted on a spare in the front trunk. Stopping power is handled by manual drum brakes on all four corners.

The door and dashboard sheet metal are painted in the original-style light blue color. They are complemented by sandalwood upholstery and gray carpeting plus aftermarket black rubber floor mats. A modern, aftermarket AM/FM radio with kick panel-mounted speakers guarantee you’ll hear more than just the Troggs and Lovin’ Spoonful.

The 90-mph speedometer features warning lights for the voltage and oil pressure. To the right is the gas gauge, a feature that’s been included on Beetles since 1962. The odometer reads 46,340 miles, but the true mileage on this vehicle is unknown.

Nineteen sixty-six Beetles came with a 1285cc flat-four with 50 gross horsepower, but this one features an upgraded air-cooled 1,600cc dual-port engine, an engine which made its debut in 1970. Typical of Beetles, shifting chores is handled by four-speed manual transmission. A new clutch, flywheel and carburetor have recently been installed.

Like all Beetles of this vintage, this vehicle came factory-equipped with four-wheel independent suspension with rear swing-axle. Additional images of the body and floor are provided in the gallery.

An original Volkswagen jack, a lug-nut wrench, a jack handle and a storage bag will be included with the sale.

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


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