- This Classic 60s Ladybug could help anyone take a stroll down memory lane of their younger years, or even feel a pang of nostalgia about classic ads which said things like, “If you run out of gas, it’s easy to push.”
- This Beetle is equipped with a 1.2-liter flat-four engine and a four-speed manual transmission.
- The current bid is $12,000, but with an entire weekend until the auction ends on Monday, March 28, we’re curious to see how much this Bahama Blue classic costs.
Who doesn’t feel a bit nostalgic looking at a Volkswagen Beetle? This Bug of 1964currently for sale on the Bring a Trailer auction site, which, like Car and driver, part of Hearst Autos—brings back all kinds of fond memories. I can’t help but think of my mother and her sisters who used it during their teenage years. One of my aunts missed those days so much that she bought a classic Beetle as an adult just to relive a bit of her youth on the weekends. That personal connection, that nostalgia, is one of the main reasons I love classic cars, and I know I’m not the only one.
This Beetle is located about an hour north of San Francisco. The current seller purchased it in 2020 and ordered a paint job of the original Bahama Blue factory paint. Additional work included reupholstering the front and rear seats, installing new door sills and door panels, and adding rubber floor mats. If you are a fan of originality, the original panels are also included.
The engine is a 1.2-liter flat-four with a four-speed manual transmission. The carburettor, valves and timing were all adjusted by the current owner, who also replaced the generator, voltage regulator, fuel lines and driver’s side window regulator. Exterior upgrades included the installation of window moldings, exterior trim, chrome bumpers and tube bars. The Beetle is completed with 15-inch steel wheels painted white with VW-branded caps.
The steering wheel features a Wolfsburg crest (the city has been VW’s home for almost a century) and a chrome horn bar. The five-digit odometer shows 89,000 miles, but the total mileage is listed as unknown.
Although the Beetle continued to be manufactured until 2019 in Mexico, these 60s and 70s classics are harder to find in such good condition. Anyone who’s had a classic VW knows it’s not just about the car; it’s the whole culture that surrounds it. Just browsing through old VW commercials and advertisements while writing this was a pleasure. In the 60s, the car was unique, and today it remains one of the most remarkable and best-selling cars of the time. This bug will make a great addition to anyone’s collection; I really wish I had room in mine. Auction ends Monday, March 28.
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