Exterior Color: White
Model: Beetle - Classic
Interior Color: Tan
Number of Cylinders: 4
Drive Type: rwd
Bridgman, Michigan, United States
1967 Beetle, first year of 12 volt. 1600 dualport engine with Bugpack shifter and quad exhaust. Single carb. Original pan and heater channels. Originally a "left"coast/ New Mexico car, hence the original sheetmetal. Bumper guards, backup lights and roofrack . New weatherstripping and the runningboards are solid and all gaps line up just fine. Suspension was gone through and all parts were replaced with new factory components. Chrome hardware shines with a couple of small imperfections. Interior, headliner and dash are perfect and uncut or modified. The DS seat needed new foam so the previous owner redid the entire interior. All glass is clear and not foggy or cracked. Rockford Fosgate in dash CD player with remote. Painted two tone in the early 2000's and has been stored indoors in a heated building since. This Beetle runs /stops and steers great but the brakes should be bled due to long-term storage. Original jack and spare tire along with hubcaps and VIN plate. From what I can determine, original color was red but the bodywork and paint are first class with no short cuts or shoddy workmanship evident. Wheelwells and fenders are all metal, no filler, anywhere!! I "chased" this car for ten years from the prior eccentric owner. Look at the pictures and you be the judge. As always, I strongly advise that this car be looked at in person and I will gladly store until Spring/Summer 2013. This VW was on a cover of a local magazine as a first prize in a contest prior to my ownership. I have a copy of the magazine and article with pictures. I am sure I forgot some of the specifics so just inquire and I will answer all questions as best I can. Odometer shows 45,000 miles. I know that there are less than 10,000 miles since the larger engine was installed and the body was refreshed. Clear title and I am not looking for any trades at this time. Bidders with less than 10 positive feedbacks will be cancelled. A $500.00 deposit (non-refundable) is due 5 days after the auction ends. Balance to paid in cash prior to the new owner's possession. Car is also for sale locally and I can cancel this auction at anytime. I am downsizing my collection and this vehicle is being sold as is due to it being 46 years old. No surfboard is included with this Beetle. Spring is just around the corner. Check my feedback and bid/own with confidence.
Volkswagen still has its eyes set on becoming the top global automaker by 2018, and to get there, it's apparently going to need more boots on the ground. Automotive News Europe is reporting that VW is looking to increase its staff by 50,000 over the next five years - an increase of nine percent - which does not include an increase in its US dealer network.
According to the report, a majority of the growth will come from China where the automaker is also looking to double its production capacity in the same time frame. The Volkswagen Group is already expected to rival General Motors for the top sales spot in China this year, and such a rapid expansion in the region could make a good springboard for sales increases in other countries.
Episode #366 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Jeff Ross and George Kennedy of Boldride.com talk about the 2015 Lincoln Navigator, Volkswagen's US market woes, and the drama at the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along after the jump with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!
Autoblog Podcast #366:
Even though we've finally gotten a look at the production version of the 261-mile per gallon Volkswagen XL1, this aero-shaped two-seater was never intended for high-volume sales. Fortunately, it sounds like the same isn't true for the car's diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain, which, according to a report from AutoCar, could make its way under the hood of another Volkswagen model: the Up! minicar (shown above).
A potential Up! Hybrid would likely be able to return some of the same impressive fuel economy numbers as the XL1, but it would be a more realistic car with more passenger space and greater production capacity. The hand-built XL1 will use a 47-horsepower, two-cylinder TDI engine paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the 27-hp electric motor and lithium-ion battery helps deliver an all-electric driving range of 31 miles.
One of the core pillars of the XL1's design is its lightweight construction with a 1752-pound curb weight, which makes the Up! a perfect recipient for using this powertrain since it weighs just 300 pounds more. The report says that the Up! Hybrid is still in the developmental phase, so a production version isn't expected for at least another 18 months.