Is there any car that's more recognizable than the Volkswagen Beetle? It single-handedly built a 58 year legacy out of honest, no frills transportation; and as a result, it's one of the most endearing cars on the planet. Today they're plentiful, fun, happy toys which enjoy a tremendous following and a positively gigantic support system. This incredibly cool 1973 Super Beetle is the perfect car for a budget-minded collector or someone who is new to the hobby. With a complete nut and bolt restoration that's only seen 430 miles of fair weather road time since rolling out of the shop, it's one of the best and most unique collector cars your $20K can buy!
Sporting a vivid coat of brilliant blue paint, this fully sorted and completely road ready '73 Super Beetle is fresh out of a ground up restoration which likely cost twice as much as we're asking for it. While the body isn't concours perfect, it is super straight and carries a spectacular shine that will look excellent motoring down the street to a VW show or your favorite local hang-out. The restorers began by stripping the car down to its bare floor pan and fully prepping and rebuilding the body. Once the body was aligned to better than factory standards, it was disassembled and evenly covered in two-stage basecoat/clearcoat paint. The end result is a very clean, well-aligned bug with a smooth finish and outstanding appearance that will provide years of worry-free fun.
Being one of the most popular cars of all time, it's no surprise that there's a thriving aftermarket which produces almost any replacement part these cars need; and accordingly, this blue bug features a ton of new chrome and stainless throughout. At the front of the car, a Super Beetle exclusive 'stretched nose' holds a classic, stainless and chrome trimmed hood over a showroom fresh chrome bumper. At the sides of that hood, clear sealed beam headlights sit inside of pristine chrome surrounds below clear fender mounted turn signals. Behind that hood, a Super Beetle exclusive curved windshield rides in front of a completely adjustable chrome driver's side mirror and completely smoked VW side and rear glass. Below that VW glass, new stainless side trim sits above good looking chrome door handles and cool finned aluminum running boards which are detailed in gloss black. At the back of the car, a louvered decklid pipes air into the engine compartment above a body-matched tag holder, a traditional chrome “Volkswagen” emblem and a locking chrome handle. At the sides of that decklid, large, clear tri-color tail lights function as new, and below that decklid, a second chrome showroom fresh bumper sits above a new ceramic coated Bugpack exhaust system.
Powering this sharp '73 Super Beetle is the cars original dual port 1600 cc air cooled, flat four cylinder, which upon its introduction in 1971 made a bristling 50 horsepower. Completely rebuilt during the cars restoration, it runs beautifully with that famous and distinctive VW sound, and will likely putter along forever with a minimum of fussing and tuning. At the top of the engine, a mirror-like air cleaner feeds air to a new Bocar one barrel carburetor. To the left of that carburetor, a Bosch coil supplies a traditional points distributor that's equipped with Bosch plug wires. And to the right of that carburetor, a chrome generator sits above a body-matched oil filler tube and chrome dipstick. At the back of the engine, a Claudes Buggies ignition system is affixed to the cars blue firewall, and in front of the engine, a new belt snakes around blue Scat pulleys and an aluminum Scat tensioner. Exhaust is handled by fresh VW branded headers; and, like the rest of the car, the entire engine bay has been restored to show quality standards. Displaying fresh paint, new chrome and spotless components, this is definitely the kind of VW you'll want to show off!
Take one look underneath this VW and you'll see just how much work went into its complete, nut and bolt restoration. Both the front and rear suspensions have obviously been completely rebuilt and feature fresh bushings, fresh shocks and an aftermarket anti-sway bar. At the front of the car, new disc brakes are equipped with fresh hardware and new pads, and at the back of the car, rebuilt drum brakes are outfitted with fresh hoses. Power flows from the motor into a 4-speed manual transmission which turns four chrome EMPI eight spoke wheels that are wrapped in 175R15 Nanking front and 205/75R15 Republic Ensign rear radials. The bottom of this Beetle is spotless and looks spectacular with all-new stainless hardware holding together straight and solid floors which display a great looking coat of gloss black paint. Any traces of infamous VW rust have been permanently excised, and you can drive with the confidence of knowing that there aren't any hidden surprises waiting for you down the road.
Pop open the door and you'll find a completely custom blue LED lit interior which features a $2K sound system and is the perfect spot to spend the afternoon cruising. The driver and front passenger enjoy firm Procar by Scat buckets, rear occupants ride on a custom covered bench and all passengers are secured with new, correct lap belts. At the front of the car, a new for 1973 padded dash shows no warping or fading and, with the exception of an MP3 compatible Alpine CD player, features the same minimalist readouts and accessories found in all Beetles. Below the seats, brand new black carpet lies under custom kick panels that have been outfitted with large Infinity Reference speakers and a chrome EMPI trigger shifter. At the sides of the seats, completely painted door jams and window frames contrast well to custom two-tone door panels which feature new armrests, billet window cranks and billet lock knobs. Above the seats a thick and tight custom headliner stretches from door to door and leads the eye to a reworked package tray which has been professionally upholstered and houses two more massive Infinity Reference speakers. In front of the driver, a familiar Grant GT steering wheel makes good use of the cars reduced turning radius, and in front of the cockpit, a spacious, by Beetle standards, fully restored front hatch holds a horizontal spare tire.
Restoring any car is expensive, even if the car itself is inexpensive like this great looking Volkswagen. Fortunately, there are still a lot of experts on these cars and getting good advice, quality parts, and decent service is easy. If you're looking for fun, practical transportation, this fully sorted Super Beetle looks awesome and is ready to go!