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1979 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible - Same Owner Since 1984 Low Mileage Survivor on 2040-cars

US $8,000.00
Year:1979 Mileage:42000

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States

1979 VW Super Beetle Convertible Very Low Mileage Survivor - This is the last time this vehicle will be offered for sale.  

Please note, I am selling this for a friend who is not on Ebay.  His father purchased the car in 1984 from the original owner.

Very original, low mileage survivor (42,850 original miles) manufactured in December 1979, making it the last full month of production in the famous Karmann Plant in Germany.  No rust, no issues.

They have all the service records and can document the mileage.  This car is very original, down to the original 1977 date stamped tires and Mars Red paint.  Everything works as itís supposed to even the original clock, minus a quirky fuel gauge.  There is no rust anywhere, never seen a salty winter and it has been garaged kept for life.  Itís in remarkable original condition. Itís not perfect, it is an original un-restored car but the local VW guys said it the nicest tightest Beetle they have driven in years. This is the last of the convertibles with all the standard conveniences of the update Super Beetle model such as the 4 speed manual transmission, fuel injection, as well as all the subtle driver conveniences of the later models. 

Mechanically, the car needs no immediate attention.  The car was just fully inspected at Motormania (a VW specialist here in Austin). They found a very slight leak on the transmission.  He recommended that they leave it alone as it was minor and said "if these cars aren't leaking, they need fluids".   They replaced the fuel pump (they said it was weak) and the car is running perfectly. They said this was the best, tightest, beetle they have seen in decades. The fuel gauge is working but is quirky.   It has the original tires from the 70's which I guess is a good and bad thing.  The car drives well and brakes straight, it runs perfectly.  There is a slight shimmy around 50ish but it goes away.  I figure 99% of that is the fact it has the original tires Ė yes, date stamped from the 70ís!

There is a flaw in a piece of plastic trim, the top is overall all good shape considering itís age minus a little unraveling on an edge (please see photo). The driverís seat has a small hole on the driverís side (please see photo).  There are a few paint chips.  There are seat covers.  The hubcaps, the driving/fog lamps, and stereo are not original.  

I try to describe things accurately so this is the reason for the full disclosure, I donít like surprises or disappointments. Since this is not my car, both wanted to try and disclose the good and the bad.   The owner stated that if you buy the car and you don't like when you get here, you don't have to buy it.

If you are looking at this ad, you likely know more about the car then I do and know their history, dependability, and value.  The only reason he is selling this car is because he is getting married and losing garage space.  The car has been in a garage for life and he canít think of it being out in the elements.  If it does not sell in this ad, it will be shipped to his folks place.

Full payment due with 7 days after auction and a $500 deposit due immediately.    No warranties are made express or implied.  Vehicle is located in central Austin, Texas and available to be seen.  Vehicle is for sale locally so auction may end at any time.

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