213 Thornton Rd
Lithia Springs, GA
Lithia Springs, GA
Thoroughly restored and sporting a high impact exterior, this 1972 Volkswagen Beetle ably represents one of the most evocative models ever to roll off an assembly line - the beloved classic Bug. Just a quick glance at it will transport you back to a simpler time and put a smile on your face - this compact cruiser pretty much radiates fun. Combining with that appealing presence is a road ready running condition backed up by a thorough collection of paperwork documenting just how it got that way.
Its vibrant yellow hue replaces a more subdued original exterior color while still providing a period correct overall appearance. That bright color really attracts attention and as you come in for a closer view at this rolling icon, you'll see that the paint draped over it is in very strong condition and is ornamented by a collection of chrome that presents impressively well. The front and rear bumpers sit level and show no marked blemishes, with black centers that are still pretty fresh and the brightwork on display here, though likely original, is in matching condition - with some well-focused polishing, this VW will really be looking sharp. There's clear glass surrounding the cabin and after its more than 45 years' worth of service, its detail-oriented restoration leaves it with a fresh presence.
You can quickly see that a lot of attention also went into bringing the interior back to top form while keeping its thoroughly vintage aesthetics in place. The high-backed vinyl buckets show almost no signs of wear - there's not even any creasing on the bolsters - and they sit over an expanse of carpet that appears to have been fairly recently added. At first glance, the VDO speedometer and gas gauges will likely be mistaken for the originals as they've been seamlessly installed and the other deviation from stock within view - a Sapphire III stereo - is a welcome addition, as its AM/FM/CD functionality provides loads more audio options than the factory counterpart it replaced. While their compact stature might suggest otherwise, VWs of this era offered a decent amount of interior room - the front buckets are actually widely spaced for plenty of shoulder clearance and the accommodation for backseat passengers is pretty respectable. Its strong condition makes weekend getaways in this classic a no-brainer and there's ample luggage space up front for those outings.
Power comes via a period appropriate 1600 cc rear mounted engine that was first offered just a year before this '72 first rolled out, offering not only better power than its predecessors but also a larger oil cooler for better dependability. It sits in a well-maintained engine bay that's been kept in stock configuration and is fed by a signature Solex one-barrel carburetor. Having been rebuilt in the not so distant past, the air-cooled powerplant is really running nicely - vintage VWs have such a distinctive sound to them when they're healthy and this engine really hits that mark as it pairs with a 4-speed manual transmission that shifts smoothly. A set of very clean 15" factory wheels with factory hubcaps provide an added touch of authenticity to this pivotal Teutonic classic.
This 1972 Volkswagen Beetle is more than just a vintage automobile - it served as a veritable badge of honor for an entire subculture, after all - and it's well-positioned for plenty more fun-filled miles. Call today!
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