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For Sale: 1972 Volkswagen Beetle in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

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 of that!


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 wheel covers.

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 drum brakes.

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 and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1972 Volkswagen Beetle
  • Listing ID: CC-1632924
  • Price: $6,900
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1972
  • Make:Volkswagen
  • Model:Beetle
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:24935
  • Stock Number:302
  • VIN:1122417982
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