Engine:1786 cc 4 Cylinder Pancake
For Sale By:Dealer
Trim: Baseball Themed
Options: Baseball Shifter Knob, Quad Bucket Seats
Drive Type: Rear Wheel Drive
Exterior Color: Blue & White
Disability Equipped: No
Interior Color: Gray & Green
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Number of Cylinders: 4
This 1975 Bay Window Type II VW Bus was professionally restored (although not to perfection) in 2009/2010 with the intent of being used as a promotional vehicle by the West Michigan Whitecaps (A-Level Baseball team located in Grand Rapids Michigan and primary affiliate of the Detroit Tigers). While it did serve a short stint for its desired purpose, it soon found itself parked behind the outfield fence and more or less forgotten.
The receipts for the work done, both body and mechanical, are in the link that contains all of the photos, including during the restoration process, which can be found here: https://plus.google.com/photos/113272028201348840087/albums/5965886971169439217
You will see that over $6,500 was spent to restore this bus! You will also find a plethora of current photos showing the condition of the bus.
Most of the significant rust was cut out and new metal welded in place. The only areas that it appears that was not done are the front step pads (they have filler in them) and the undercarriage behind both front wheels. There are areas of bubbling occurring on the bus. All of these areas are photographed.
The paint on this bus is phenomenal, and it could be argued that it is nicer than the factory paint job. The exception would be that the window seals (which are weathered but not leaking) were taped and there is some overspray on them. The West Michigan Whitecaps logo and a "flying baseball" have been hand painted on both sides of the bus, and was done very well.
The interior of the bus is unique, and you will not find another like it! It has quad bucket seats, all donated from a Dodge Caravan, and are in good condition with no tears or burns, and they are protected with custom Whitecaps seat covers. The fronts ride on the original bus tracks and move and lock; the rears are bolted to the floor; all 4 seats have seatbelts. The shifter is a baseball, and the rear carpet and some of the side panels are grass carpet (original door panels are included, but are in rough shape). There is a table base installed (needs a top) and 6x9's have been added behind the rear bucket seats and are fed by an aftermarket CD player. The dash and front door panels are in decent condition. All of the glass is crack-free, and the jalousy windows are working.
The 109 cid (1786 cc) pancake motor is believed to be the original, but the fuel injection system has been replaced with an Empi carburator. The motor runs fantastic: starts right up, idles fine, accelerates as it should, and does not blow smoke. The receipts in the link to the photos shows the work done. The transmission shifts great and does not pop out of gear and the clutch is strong. The tires do not all match, but do have decent tread, hold air and are 100% road worthy. This bus runs and drives very well!
As a licensed Michigan dealer, it is my responsibility to collect sales tax (if applicable), and if you are a Michigan resident, to also collect plate and registration fees. If you are outside of Michigan or the United States, sales tax still may apply, and any additional fees are the responsibility of the buyer. Transportation is also the buyer's responsibility and expense.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required within 48 hours of auction end and unless otherwise agreed, is to be paid via PayPal. The balance is to be paid within 7 days in cash or check; the bus nor the title will be released until all funds have cleared.
This bus has been accurately described, and is sold as is where is with no warranties expressed or implied.
Contact Kevin at 616-581-8815 or through the eBay message center if you have any questions.
Peoples Car Company Inc.
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Volkswagen just launched the topless Beetle Convertible at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, but we're already seeing the next step forward in the topless Bug range with this, the R-Line. We'll admit, this treatment falls under the "all show and no go" category, but it's still a pretty potent little cutie.
The R-Line starts with a standard Beetle Turbo Convertible but adds unique 19-inch aluminum wheels on lower-profile tires, LED daytime running lamps and Xenon headlamps. Naturally, there are R-Line badges aplenty both on the interior and exterior, and we must say, the whole package looks pretty darn snazzy.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but when it goes on sale later this year, the hotter convertible will join Volkswagen's growing R-Line portfolio that now includes the CC, Beetle hatch, Tiguan and Touareg.
There have been many great car commercials over the years, but is it possible to define the best? Well, Ad Week recently took a crack at it by rating the top commercials of the year by looking at their view counts on YouTube, but Auto Express took a more democratic approach by putting the decision to a vote. Just after Thanksgiving, Auto Express came up with a list of the 20 popular commercials, and it tasked its readers with choosing the winner for the best car ad of all time. The winner? Honda's 2003 commercial for its then-new European Accord titled "The Cog."
While the ad never aired in the US, most car people have surely seen the impressive Rube Goldberg-style spot. In fact, the only commercial on this list that we saw on US television was the Volkswagen ad "The Force," but many of the others have become viral videos, including transforming and dancing Citroën C4. Of the 19 other commercials that vied for the title of best ad of all time, only the Ford Puma "Steve McQueen" commercial gave Honda a run for its advertising money.
Scroll down to watch Auto Express' top five commercial in order and to check out a press release, then let us know some of your favorite car commercials in Comments.
The upcoming version of the Volkswagen Golf R is nearly ready for prime time, if this video of the car flying around the Nürburgring is any indication. The all-wheel-drive R seems to make quick, neat work of the corners we see here, and sounds pretty devilish in the process.
Expectations are that the new Golf R will run a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (what else?), tuned to produce even more than the current car's 256 horsepower. (Some sources have indicated outputs as high as 286 horsepower, with 280 pound-feet of torque. It's still not clear if Volkswagen will bring the six-speed dual-clutch transmission to the US-spec Golf R in this next go-round or if we'll stick to having only... eh... the stick.
In either case - watching the video below will only whet your appetite for the new, highest performing member of the Golf family.