1959 Vw Bug Volkswagen Beetle California Dry Solid Bug No Rot All Og Pans,heat on 2040-cars
Princeton Junction, New Jersey, United States
You are bidding on a 1959 Volkswagen Beetle. This is a super solid car that was originally from California. It even still has a service sticker in the driver's side door jamb from a service shop in California!
This car has rust free, rot free original heater channels and floor pans in it. Save time and money not having to buy heater channels and pans, weld them in, and still never be as good as factory!
The interior is all original down to the factory blue paint, with some worn out slip on seat covers covering the original vinyl seat covers and horsehair padding. Headliner is gone, and the majority of the carpet and rubber floor mats are gone, some remnants remain.
The 36HP starts right up and runs like a sewing machine. Idles nice, with no exhaust leaks, taps, or knocks. Has a newer 6V battery.
The entire fuel system has been flushed out, including the humpback fuel tank.
The brake system has been completely overhauled using new wheel cylinders, master cylinders, shoes and hardware.
The original split case transaxle has some issues with 1st gear and reverse. You can forcefully get it into gear, but there is certainly an issue. I am told this is very common with these early split case transaxles. I can include an additional transaxle from a 1958 parts car, but it's condition is unknown. I was planning on having a later 60's transaxle rebuilt and put into the car. The car is not very driveable, but bolt-on parts are the easy part with these old VW's.
The car is sitting on 4 Coker Tire brand wide white wall radial tires with good life in them.
Has the original "H" apron in nice shape.
The front apron has been replaced back in the day, as well as the hood - however it still retains a correct 4 tab hood. The front fenders were never replaced, but repaired with bondo and could use replacement, or just leave them alone if you're going after the patina look. The car is sprayed in white paint from years and years back and has weathered and worn over time. It's possible the original blue paint can be uncovered with hard work and determination, if not, this car is an excellent candidate for a repaint as it's so solid. Doors show no signs of rust or rot, nor do the rear quarter panels, decklid, etc.
Roof shows no dents or dings, and the gutter channels are nice and straight.
Has the original rear "dimpled" fenders with snowflake tail lights.
I think the pictures do the talking for anything else I may have left out!
Car has a clean and clear NJ title.
Please contact me at any time at 917-533-2786 with any other questions you may have for this car.
I am shipping friendly and will gladly work with you on shipping, or you can come to my house and pick her up! She rolls perfectly with a towbar.
For sale locally and reserve the right to end auction if the right cash buyer shows up!
Volkswagen Beetle - Classic for Sale
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Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:41:00 EST
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Sixty years ago Wilhelm Karmann (founder of the eponymous coachbuilder) was in Paris for the auto salon and met up with Luigi Segre and his team from Carrozzeria Ghia who showed him what was essentially a "Beetle in a sports coat." A month later they showed it to Volkswagen chief Heinrich Nordhoff who, setting aside his conservative tastes, approved it for production. And so the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was born, giving the German marque a second product line. It still used Beetle mechanicals and was built at the same Karmann factory in Onsabrück that was already assembling the Beetle Cabriolet.
It took another couple of years to put the design into production, but from 1955 to 1974, Volkswagen and Karmann built 362,601 coupes and 80,881 of the subsequent convertible that arrived in 1957. Today the Onsabrück factory is part of the VW Group, handling production of the Golf Cabriolet, XL1 and Porsche Boxster and Cayman, and with that original Karmann Ghia prototype as part of its factory collection.
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Controversy has constantly swirled around the possible unionization at the Chattanooga plant. The UAW held its official decision in February and lost 712 to 626. However, there were allegations of intense political pressure to make sure the ballot failed. A later report also found that VW was offered $300 million in incentives well before the vote to make sure things progressed to the "satisfaction of the State of Tennessee," but the deal was later retracted. In July, the UAW opened Local 42 on the campus in hopes of signing up a majority of the workforce by volunteering to be a part of it.
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