1968 VW Beetle

After a college road trip from Dijon to Macon, France to visit a friend on one of those grey European days in a yellow-on-white two-tone Beetle, seeing one of these has always brought back memories of that short trip. The VW microbus feature reminded me of my desire to feature a Beetle, preferably with some sporting modifications, and just as with the buses, these are pretty thin on the ground. However, a decent looking Beetle, coincidentally in this yellow-on-white color scheme, is available for $2800 in San Bernardino, CA.

1968 VW Type 1 Beetle right front

Pretty clean – as you’d expect from a desert car, there’s some oxidation of the paint, but not much visible rust. Door bottoms look okay, and the new Empi 8-spoke wheels and tires do a lot to spiff it up and make it look a little sporty. As you can see, the suspension has also been lowered.

1968 VW Type 1 Beetle engine

Though far from immaculate, the engine compartment looks good for a driver. The seller, a VW repair shop, says the car runs and drives well, and they’ve added new KYB shocks on the rear, and have done some brake work to make the car safe.

1968 VW Type 1 Beetle interior

Although a bit of a mish-mash, the interior looks decent as well. The car has new door panels, front safety belts, and a replacement used dash. It could still use more work on the seats as well as a replacement carpet, based om what’s visible in the picture. There’s also a sun roof which is said to work well, and doesn’t show the usual tape around the opening. All in all, this looks like a fun little “momentum car” to hustle around the corners.

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