After nearly 25 years, I'm finally putting my beloved VW Convertible Bug on the market. It's time for someone else to write the next chapter in my car's life.
Let me introduce you to “Lil’Car.” She got her name from a continued reference in Disney’s 1968 classic film “The Love Bug” (Yes, people still yell "Herbie!" when I drive by) and Lil’Car has incredible character. I purchased her in September 1998 from a classic car owner back in Ohio, who had done a very light restoration on her as a present for his wife. As she didn’t really enjoy the car, he decided to put her up for sale and I was the lucky new owner.
By the way, 1968 is arguably THE stellar year to own, from both a collectibility and a maintenance standpoint - as parts are still affordable and easy to obtain. 1966 and before is 6 volts (not 12 volts) and older parts are expensive and difficult to source. 1967 was one-year-only and the parts are "unobtainium." In the '70s, the VW (especially Super Beetles) had so many changes to the Beetle that it's really not the same classic car as the '60s models. (So even if you don't buy Lil’Car, skip the '70s cars - especially the later year models.)
Not only is Lil’Car in great shape, remains stock, and is fun to drive, she’s largely ORIGINAL and is a collectible survivor. Should a new owner decide to restore her to concours condition, she’s clearly a prime candidate for such. Over the years, I had work performed and continued to restore her over time. I’m very much a stickler for accuracy and keeping things stock, so you’ll appreciate the accurate details. Over the years, she’s been in plenty of car shows and never fails to turn heads (or get car honks and waves from passerby) when I’m out driving her. No, she's not a "garage queen" and isn't concours condition -- that's not the point. She's meant to be regularly enjoyed out on the road with regular license plates, and not stashed away in a museum. As I knew Lil’Car would be a collectible someday, I’ve religiously saved all the receipts and paperwork over the years. The price is both accurate and fair, given Hagerty collector values (#2 “Good condition” = $12.5K and #3 “Excellent condition” = $33.6K. Adhering to these valuations, Lil’Car falls in the middle).
Recent work and extra touches in recent years include:
* Custom and accurate Herbie “53” letterings on the side doors
* Diamond Back whitewall tires (not crappy Coker tires… these are real modern radials that have been turned into whitewalls via a modern process)
* Brand-new Bosch generator
* Brand-new and upgraded Bosch generator – making starts quick and reliable – especially after months of storage
* New Old Stock NOS (rare!) tissue dispenser accessory, including the original box
* Custom and removable “Spy Hunter” fake VW switches for Oil Spill, Machine Guns, Smoke Screen, Missile Launcher
* Flexible whip antenna (with a spare)
* Rare VW bumper guards
* 009 VW centrifugal (non-vacuum) distributor
* New 009 clear distributor cap (so you can watch the sparks)
* New spark plug cables
* Empi chrome trunk handle guard
* Quick-release oil drain
* Rare OEM unibody VW rubber mat that sits on top of all the carpeting
* Rare New Old Stock NOS chrome gas-filler guard with original box
* Chrome quarter-panel guards
* Chrome door handle guards
* Stainless floor kick guards
* Vintage “Moon-Café” antenna topper
* Vintage 1968 German rally badge
* Sapphire XVI radio (period correct for OEM, but this model had both FM in addition to AM)
…and I’m sure there’s more I'm forgetting right now. I had correctly replaced many items under the rear decklid – particularly when I first got her and many difficult-to-source window seals. I’ve recently adjusted the valves and done the timing her, so she’s ready to roll. Even the “squirt-gun” windshield washer works as well. There are a few things that the next owner may choose to repair over time (i.e., there's no such thing as a vintage VW heat without exhaust fumes - LOL!, etc.) that I haven't bothered to address, but she's ready to roll immediately for some autumn fun as-is.
As she’s got 99,250 accurate miles on her at the time of writing this, the next owner will have the incredible experience of watching the odometer roll over to 00000. I always thought I would be the one to see this, but that’s going to be a special and one-time experience reserved for the next owner.
I’m also including tons of VW books (both original and new), VW collectibles, 2 huge boxes of assorted VW parts (likely worth many hundreds if sold individually on eBay), and even short height front 1966 seats that are ready to be reupholstered and swapped in for the “classic” look instead of the 1968 "rocketship" seats.
Why am I selling Lil’Car? After a few years of agonizing internal debate, I realized that it’s time -- as life has gotten in the way. Not only is a car like Lil’Car meant to be driven and enjoyed, I'm likely losing my garage space in the next year or so and am planning ahead. I’m including all the bonus items, especially as it’s time for a clean break. Heck…my wife has joked for years that she’d bury me in the car…and the car was in fact a huge part of our wedding story. (I’ll tell you that part of the history later.) Lil’Car has been a wonderful part of my life and I’ve made so many wonderful memories with her. Yes, it will break my heart to let her go, but the time feels right right – assuming I find the right owner who will care for her and love her just as I have after all these years.
So if you think you’re the next person who’s ready to be Lil’Car's custodian for the next generation, and write her next chapter, definitely give me a shout. Feel free to ask any questions you’d like; I’d be happy to help.
Again, Lil’Car is ready to just enjoy. Come pick her up. Bring cash, I'll type up a printed bill-of-sale in advance, will sign over the title, and drive her home.
Finally, here's something to think about. Given the pandemic, when getting out and doing fun things can be problematic, having a top down drive is safe fun for the whole family – and you don’t even need a destination. Plus, given the rocky economy, why not safely park your funds in a stable and appreciating asset that you can enjoy now?
Serious inquiries only, please; the price is very fair, reduced, and accurate per its Hagerty collectible valuation. Especially given the pandemic and one of our family members is high-risk for COVID, I'm happy to meet with the next buyer for a careful and social-distanced pickup outdoors. If you're reasonably local to the metro-Boston area, I'd be happy to make arrangements to deliver the car to you.
Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks!
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