This 1973 VW Super Beetle died because of YOU!

You! Yes, YOU! The ones sending us awesome Craigslist tips! The keyboard warriors! Internet commenters! You caused the death of this VW Super Beetle!
Instead of talking about it, low-balling it below the scrap cost, or asking for parts, you should have bought the whole damn thing and save it for next generations. Instead, this solid-ish Beetle will be turned into Apple Watch bracelets. You should feel bad!

From the ad:

1973 super beetle – $350 (lex)

I had listed this for the past six months.nobody wanted to pay anything for it Vw people are cheapest people ive ever dealt with.I posted these pictures for all the people that jacked me around on this car. I hope you still need the parts




Go buy an old cheap car right now and at the very least drive or shitcan race that thing!

Source: Lexington Craigslist

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  1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    Much like the one guy in the firing squad that had a blank cartridge, I too will absolve myself of guilt in this situation by feeling like you other guys are the people who actually are the problem.

  2. Manic_King Avatar

    How is this situation called, junk shaming?

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Or perhaps “shame junking.”

    2. Batshitbox Avatar

      “Junk Shaming” sounds like a bad day at the beach.

      1. Alff Avatar

        …or the bedroom.

      2. 0A5599 Avatar


      3. Manic_King Avatar

        Well, the idea came from “fat shaming”.

  3. mdharrell Avatar

    Don’t blame me; after all, just last week I bought an old Rover.

    1. duurtlang Avatar

      Exactly. We can’t save them all now can we? This apartment dweller owns 6 cars and counting, the last two Frenchies bought in the last two weeks.

    2. 0A5599 Avatar

      I admire you for, in a post shaming people too cheap to make a $350 purchase, boasting that you are blameless because of a $200 purchase.

    3. crank_case Avatar

      Does my €800 Volvo S80 count? Also I’m on the other side of the Atlantic, I have an Eunos Roadster (Miata) to sort out and the dog ate my homework.
      Isn’t the seller the one to blame though? I mean ultimately he’s the one who pulled the trigger and junked it rather than even just let it rot in his yard or something. If he really wanted it saved, he could have let someone lowball him.
      I guess craigslist is your equivalent of Irelands Donedeal sitel, every country seems to have an equivalent. You do sell stuff on it, but it’s a world of hurt where you attract people who can’t understand basic English (and not because English is not their native language) and want to know over the phone if you’ll take a few hundred off the price and take their pokemon collection as trade in.
      Surely if he really cared about the cars survival, the place to advertise would have been the various VW forums?
      Old project cars are hard to sell, there’s a guy over here selling a partially restored Wolsesly 18/85 for €600, he’s done the major bodywork so it’s a steal really, but it still hasn’t sold. A lot of things have to line up to sell a car like this. A buyer with not just money and desire, but time, somewhere to keep it and the mojo to take on a project right now.

    4. Manxman Avatar


      1. mdharrell Avatar

        No, but I haven’t yet tried installing a set of batteries.

    5. NapoleonSolo Avatar

      What kind of Rover did you buy? A real Rover saloon, or a Land Rover agricultural mechanism?

  4. Tanshanomi Avatar

    Bitter much?

  5. Kiefmo Avatar

    Look, you provide the money and the place to store ’em all, and I’ll gladly build up a collection of near-junk in need of full restoration.
    Are Super Beetles so rare that this is an actual problem?
    I was under the impression that one could buy enough repro parts to essentially build a complete Type1 from all spares*. Is that not the case?
    *I ain’t done a lick of research to support this claim, but I know this is possible with some cars like the original Mustang, so why not the Type1?

  6. mdharrell Avatar

    Ah, a chance to dredge up something even older than Emacs vs. vi:
    What’s the big deal? It’s not like a Super is a real Beetle anyway.

    1. Kiefmo Avatar

      vim is obviously the way to go.

  7. Batshitbox Avatar

    Clearly “Vw people” are to blame here.
    Everyone I know with an air cooled VW is convinced that everybody else in the VW community are a bunch of frothing lunatics.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      That can’t be true; I’ve owned two air-cooled VWs myself.

      1. Tanshanomi Avatar

        What, and you think your lunacy doesn’t froth?

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          I prefer to think of it as effervescent.

    1. mad_science Avatar

      Some points are best made with a My Little Pony image.

  8. Alff Avatar

    I’ll not get sucked into the VW vortex.

  9. mdharrell Avatar

    In looking at the ad, the seller lists the VIN as “hxxjfjfjcjfkfig” so I’m not convinced this really is a ’73 Super Beetle. There’s also no photo of the data plate. Buyer beware.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Size is listed as Compact. The EPA classification system defines this as having a passenger and cargo volume between 100 and 109 cubic feet. Clearly this car is now a Minicompact.
      Let’s go after him for false advertising.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        That’s likely just an innocent typo for Compacted.

  10. P161911 Avatar

    From that last pic, it looks like the floor pan might still be good for a dune buggy or kit car.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      You forgot to say: “I’ll take it for free”.

  11. Roger Henry Avatar
    Roger Henry

    Don’t worry, there are still millions of better one’s on the road.

  12. Roger Henry Avatar
    Roger Henry

    Why didn’t you “save it”, dumbass?

  13. Roger Henry Avatar
    Roger Henry

    No tears for the Plymouth Voyager, the Caddy, or the Jeep in the background?

    1. P161911 Avatar

      I can’t believe that a Chevy 4×4 pickup actually got scrapped.

  14. DeCode Avatar

    I guess, I’m a big air cooled fan, and even I know super beetles suck. Good riddance! Although, it would have made a great Baja Bug…now I’s sad… =v(

    1. gerberbaby Avatar

      whats wrong with superbeetles?

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        Honestly? Nothing’s wrong with them. The revised front suspension is arguably an improvement and the resulting increase in trunk capacity is handy.
        Emotionally? Owners of non-Supers are contractually obligated to view Supers as an abomination unto the sacred perfection of the original design and a contemptible pollution of its purity. This remains true until such a person actually owns a Super, from which point forward the non-Super-owners are seen as pitifully ignorant and needlessly reactionary.
        I’ve never owned a Super, so I’m still in the former category.
        The whole issue has its parallels in chrome- vs. rubber-bumpered MGs and “my model is the last real model” for SAABs/Saabs. At this point so few people are personally involved in any of these disputes that it’s mostly just fun to rehash them.

        1. Rover 1 Avatar
          Rover 1

          And don’t get me started on what some people claim to be real actual Rovers.

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            You think that’s bad? You should see what I claim is a real actual Vanden Plas.

          2. Rover 1 Avatar
            Rover 1

            Perhaps not a real Vanden Plas,(where’s the All Aggro grille?), but that might be even more of a Rover than your ‘other’ one. The Maestro was the last car designed by the late great David Bache, designer of the Rover P4, P5, P6,P8, P9, SD1 and Land Rover Defender and first Range Rover. One of the world’s greatest car designers. And not just according to me

          3. mzszsm Avatar

            Yay, you got it fixed? Antti just shared this, I was going to suggest it:|as&testvariant=list3tiers&tierlayer=st cheers

          4. mdharrell Avatar

            No, it was the Metro that got crunched, not the Maestro. I don’t know that I need a Montego just yet….

  15. Lokki Avatar

    You say you want a revolution
    Well, you know We all want to change the world
    You tell me you wanna stop evolution
    Well, you know, We all want to save the world
    But when you stop VW destruction
    Don’t you know that you can count me out
    You say you got a real solution
    Well, you know
    We’d all love to see the plan
    You ask me for a contribution
    Well, you know, we’re all doing what we can
    Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right?
    All right, all right, all right, all right…

    1. Vairship Avatar


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