1972 Volkswagen Beetle Electric 72V DC
Is there really any other car that's captured the world's heart the
way the Beetle has? Especially coming from such hard and tyrannical
times. What started off as a brainchild of a dictator, only 2
decades later became the juxtaposed icon of the peace movement. The
Beetle really is a fantastic car for everyone, from the learners to
the elderly, it's so easy to maintain and great to drive. There
really is so much more to find out when it comes to the Beetle and
keep an eye out for them, from the original to the latest bug-eyed
beauty, you really never know where one will pop up.
As often as it's been said at Classic Auto Mall one of the exciting
things is one never knows what is coming through the door next, and
guess what popped up a few days ago?...this 1972 version with a 72
volt DC electric conversion in, albeit in barn find condition. This
bug begs for a transformation to bring it up to modern electric car
standards and performance. Hmmmmm, a Beetesla....I like the sound
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With a red respray covering the exterior, it shows good condition,
however there are some dents, dings and areas of paint chips
exposing surface rusted metal. Several areas of the chrome trim
have rust and some pitting, in particular the bumpers and door
handles, but the stainless brightwork remains shiny. A sunroof has
been added to the bulbous roof and the rubber coated running boards
are holding up nicely. Whitewall tires, needing replacement, wrap
steel 14" wheels and are decorated with varying General Motors
A swing of the door shows standard VW door panels in black vinyl
along with black plastic for the window crank and door release.
Black vinyl buckets, in very nice condition are up front and the
rear seat has been removed showing the factory sound deadener and
some framing. Faded and soiled black carpet floods the floors with
the original shifter still in its factory location and a white
perforated vinyl headliner displays above in good original
condition. A metal simple dash has some woodgrain inserted and
houses the round speedometer in the middle of the driver's side
along with a black speaker grille. In the center of the dash is an
AM/FM/8 track stereo along with a multitude of gauges to monitor
the electrical drive conversion. In front of the passenger is a
wooden glovebox door complete with LCD clock and just below is an
air shock controller. Under the front hood, we see the standard
12-volt battery along with various electronic controllers installed
during the conversion.
A lift of the rear engine cover and what to our wondering eyes
should appear but a 72-volt DC electric motor, not internal
combustion here. Complete with an EV controller and yards of
varying thickness wiring, all traces of the old flat 4 cylinder are
gone. The factory 4 speed manual transmission works with a 4.125
geared axle to get this Beetle moving.
Showing some surface rust and nice patina the undercarriage is in
good condition but does present with a few prior repairs to the
floor pans. Independent suspension is seen on all 4 corners as are
Let's face it, all VW Beetles are meant to be fun, and this one
could be made into something to rival that of Elon Musk's wildest
dreams. An electric conversion before electric cars were household
words, just needing your time, TLC, and vision.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 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.