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should I restore my '57 beetle to stock?
I have a '57 beetle that I'm beginning to restore. I've notice a lot of restorations done with newer motors, safety features, etc. As a muscle car enthusiast, I know how important numbers matching can be to certain types of cars. Will my Beetle be more valuable with the original motor, or is it more beneficial to modernize?
June 11, 2008
I think you should always keep and upgrade the original when its avaliable. Although modernizing a antique is always cool.
June 11, 2008
Since its the last oval rear glass one I would keep it as stock as I could.I had a 58 36hp in the late 60s as a second car.Fun to drive.Lots later motors will bolt right in if you want to just be able to change back to stock and run more power now.A 40hp like my 61 felt lots more than four more horse.They got a gas gauge in 62.Had the floor board motorcycle like lever on both mine.
July 8, 2008
You will never kick yourself for taking the extra steps to keep it as stock as possible.
Yes it will be worth more $$ to the right person that wants original !!
Just ask yourself how many of these cars are left ,and out of that # how many are bone stock.
December 1, 2008
February 21, 2013