Roadside Attractions: 1973 Volkswagen Beetle


Recently, the boss told me I could start working from home one day a week, if I was interested. I was more than interested, and took him up on his offer right away. I get to sleep a little later, enjoy a decent breakfast, and save a bit of money on commuting.

What the heck does this have to with you, or with this post? Let me explain. Llast time I worked from home, I had to (carefully) run to town to get a leak fixed on my truck, and I decided to take the long way home after I was done. By the way, the tire shop that will sell you a Tire at a Discount has always treated us right (see what I did there?). It was on my home from a successful leak repair that I saw this little orange machine. Taking a page from longrooffan’s playbook, I decided to stop for a look – I hope you enjoy it.

[Related: Ex-hoon, overly opinionated so-called automotive journalist, and corporate sellout, Blake Z. Rong, recently penned typed a very good article on these, the most reliable, Volkswagens. Check it out -KK]


What I found parked next to the road was a 1973 Beetle, looking well-used, but well-loved. Sitting in an empty lot against a backdrop of trees, it was easy to spot.

In the back seat, I found a For Sale sign with a few more details. It seems the seller didn’t think this sign was getting much attention from the busy road and had replaced it with basic FOR SALE signs in the windows.

1973 VW BEETLE I have owned this vehicle since 1992. It is hard to let her go. Mechanically the car has been highly maintained. Excellent running condition. Asking $3800.

My guess, going by the curved windshield, is that this is a Super Beetle. What else can we tell from the pictures? I’m not sure the paint is original, but it’s not new, although it’s in decent shape. A rust spot here and there would be an easy fix.


Inside we have a pretty basic layout, with some sweaty-looking sheepskin seat covers. Does anyone still use these? They look really warm.


The owner is clearly a fan of the Aloha State, or at least of its flora. I noticed a USMC sticker as well, so this Bug might have spent some time on Oahu. You’ll also notice the roof rack. Again, I’m not sure if it’s original, but it definitely looks it.


CE Glass all around, made in the USA. Is this original glass? That’s moisture inside the car, which could point to other issues in the floor.


For just $3,600, this orange Bug could be yours to enjoy for another 20 years. Let us know what you think in the comments.

[Photos Copyright 2014 Hooniverse/Marcal Eilenstein]


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