Very clean original car with one repaint in original color. Beautiful original interior. Everything works, including factory AM radio. Nice little Beetle that drives well, looks great, and has a lot of charm. Easy to love!
Pearl White is this Beetle’s original color, and it has been repainted in just the right off-white tone in the not-so-distant past. The quality of the rest of the car suggests that the freshening didn’t need more than some fresh paint and we can see no evidence of rust issues or previous accident damage. It looks older than it is, and perhaps that’s the appeal—an old car that looks genuinely old. This one also carries a lot of fresh chrome that sparkles against the white paint and includes accessories like the bumper guards, window visors, and radio antenna. Out back, you’ll see a correct ‘1300’ emblem that tells you about the engine underneath, as well as a Jenkins-Wynne dealership badge—based out of Nashville, TN, they were the biggest VW dealer in the southeast and they’re still in business today. This Beetle lived most of its life down south, which is surely why the sheetmetal is so clean.
The red vinyl interior is almost entirely original and in fantastic condition throughout. The bucket seats are still firm and comfortable, but worn in just enough that you don’t feel like you’re going to slide off like with the modern foam. Original carpets are a little threadbare in the high-traffic areas, but it would be a mistake to replace them, and the factory headliner remains taut and unmarked—nice! Controls are, of course, brutally simple, with a big steering wheel and an early instrument panel with separate speedometer and fuel gauge to the right. There’s also an original Sapphire 111 transistor radio in the center of the dash and it works properly. In fact, everything works: lights, signals, horn, all of it. Seat belts were added at some point and they use correct Wolfsburg buckles for an OEM look and the back seat looks almost completely unused. The forward trunk is still tidy, with a full-sized spare and correct mat and cover to finish it.
The 1285 cc flat four needs no introduction. Sure, the 48 horsepower it makes isn’t terribly impressive but that’s not the point. It’s gutsy, energetic, and that cheerful whistling sound it makes is famous around the world. It’s impossible not to smile when you drive this car, and it isn’t about the speed. It’s neatly finished, although not detailed for show, and it’s always nice to find a Beetle that’s completely stock rather than filled with aftermarket gear. In 1966, the Beetle was still using a 6-volt electrical system, but please don’t let that scare you—it cranks over and fires just fine. All the factory ducts and heater tubes are in place, the heavy-duty air cleaner is wearing its original decal, and there are signs of conscientious maintenance throughout. Turn the key and it fires easily and idles well, and once it warms up it scoots around energetically without any hiccups or bad behavior. A traditional exhaust system maintains the factory sound.
Underneath you can see that the floor pan is in excellent shape and shows no rust or patching in the past. There are no modifications, so it rides and handles like it should and there are few restored cars that drive as nicely as a well-preserved original. The brakes have been recently serviced with new hoses and wheel cylinders, and the axles look fairly fresh, too. Factory steel wheels are painted to match and carry 165SR15 Michelin radials that look suitably vintage.
Extras include some service manuals and catalogs, as well as a box of spare parts including gaskets, ductwork, and more.
There’s an undeniable charm to the Beetle. Parts are still plentiful and since they were designed to be easy to maintain, anyone can feel at home under the hood today. If you had one or if you’ve always wanted one, this one will make you feel right at home. Call today!
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