Over the decades, few classics have had the dramatic impact of the noble VW Beetle. After quietly plying its trade across Europe, it was wisely introduced to the American car buying public by its manufacturer, who could not possibly have predicted the tsunami of enthusiasm that would follow. The model would go on to become a defining accessory for an entire counterculture and this 1965 Volkswagen Beetle captures its magic ably, with a reassuringly solid running condition, as well as historical documentation on board to commemorate its arrival on American soil.
A lot of work and attention to detail went into bringing this automotive icon back to top form. The subdued yet ultra-clean gray paint it now wears is the result of a freshening up a while back, and while it may not be the original color, it sure looks the part. The paint has a nice shine and a detailing session is sure to bring out its absolute best. You won't find any serious imperfections to mar its appearance and with fresh bumpers at both ends and blemish free casings surrounding the signature oversized headlights, this classic appears very much as it did when it first emerged from the assembly line nearly 55 years ago. A period-correct roof rack is securely attached on top and VW-branded mud flaps are in back for protection from road bound debris - equipping this vintage Bug with a look that leaves no doubt that it's ready, willing and able to pack up and traverse some serious distance at a moment's notice.
Climb inside and you'll be transported back to a much simpler time. The interior is in uniformly strong shape, with a pair of front buckets and a rear bench seat dressed in well-fitted two-tone beige covers that blend vinyl and cloth. On both sides, the door panels still sit flush to their surrounding steel frames and are in surprisingly good shape, as they've likely been in place ever since this VW went into service. The factory steering wheel sports a fresh leather wrap and is perched just in front of a dash area that remains in its original configuration while offering an impressive level of functionality via an aftermarket VDO speedometer and accompanying fuel gauge that look right at home in this setting. Even the original AM radio is still in place at the center of the dash, surrounded by a bezel that, like the other interior hardware on display, really presents well.
Its museum-worthy appearance is one of this VW's most obvious features, but it's got more to offer than just its visual novelty. A strong running 1600 cc 4 cylinder engine stands by in back with a factory correct one barrel carb on top, and it's in solid running condition - there will be no issues getting the good times started from behind the wheel just as soon as you bring this Bug home. The compact yet capable powerplant teams with a 4-speed manual transmission that's shifting smoothly, while surprisingly tight steering and straight tracking - even while braking - combine to provide a pleasing vintage driving experience as this timeless rolling cultural artifact cruises on its set of 15"" factory wheels that feature properly branded chrome hubcaps and are wrapped with whitewall tires for an authentic finishing touch. Below, the undercarriage is well-positioned for plenty more fun-filled miles.
You won't soon find a more evocative classic than this 1965 VW Beetle and a skillfully restored interior and exterior, as well as a strong running condition, make it a truly rare find. Call today!