1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle
The need for a people's car (Volkswagen in German), its concept and
its functional objectives, was formulated by the leader of Nazi
Germany, Adolf Hitler, who wanted a cheap, simple car to be
mass-produced for his country's new road network. Lead engineer
Ferdinand Porsche and his team took until 1938 to finalize the
design. The result was the first Volkswagen, and one of the first
rear-engined cars since the Brass Era. With 21,529,464 produced,
the Beetle is the longest relationship running and
most-manufactured car of a single platform ever made.
This very nicely kept 1972 Super Beetle, consists of all good solid
steel, a 3,000 mile clocked car since an engine rebuild, a 2 year
old respray, and maintenance records from the last 27 years of
garaged ownership. A driver for someone who wants a very affordable
Marina Blue respray in good condition cover straight steel panels
for this Bug. Running boards connect the fenders, which show 1972
turn signals attached to the front fenders and thin elephant print
brake/backup/turn signal cluster lights attached to the back. All
badging, window surrounds and lighting bezels are in good
condition. The insulated convertible top is black canvas and has a
glass rear window, and it presents in good condition along with the
rest of the car. Standard steel wheels and VW dog dish chromed caps
are all around.
Shiny vinyl high bucket seats in front and a long bench in the rear
make up the seating. Black vinyl door panels with a pouch for
storage is clean and straight. Black carpeting covers the floor
around the seats and gearshift area and bug embroidered floor mats
are kinda cute. The black very simple dash with wood trimmed radio,
single circular instrument cluster, and glovebox are fronted by the
original steering wheel, and are in good condition with no cracks
or fading. The Wolfsburg castle logo is in the center of the
steering wheel. Peeking upward reveals a nice headliner in
contrasting white on the inside of the convertible top, which was
new in 1992.
A bit more oomph for this V-Dub during the engine rebuild it was
fitted with 87mm pistons, and a .385 x 275D camshaft. It is
horizontally opposed, air cooled, carbureted with a 1-barrel
carburetor, and is now 1641CC's. This is attached to a 4-speed
manual transmission. The rear mounted power plant sports dual
exhaust with chrome exhaust tips. Noted the engine bay has been
meticulously finished and detailed.
Front and rear suspension are independent. Drum brakes are all
around. Scanning the underside, the viewer can see floor pan
repairs as well as some invasive rust. More invasive rust is on the
frame, particularly on the drivers rear. Surface rust is seen
overall in spotty form.
This car started right up and drove smoothly. It shifted well and
creaked just a little when pushed into a turn. I am a little
concerned about the frame area invasive rust. The brakes are good
and have been recently (Feb 2019) totally replaced, and interior is
overall above average for comfort.
Overall above average condition, with an engine rebuild to pump it
up a bit, and a respray in 2018. Plenty of maintenance records and
garaged for the last 27 years. Come on over to Classic Auto Mall
and you may just catch the "Bug"
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 450 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.