Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
We\'re going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probably the nicest, fully-restored VW Beetle you\'ve ever seen. After undergoing a five-year long, pan-off restoration where not a single detail was overlooked on the build of this 1960, we\'re confident making grandiose statements like that. We\'ve had the pleasure of selling hundreds of these \'der Kfers\' throughout the years, and none have been as comprehensively restored and darn near perfectly executed like this one. If you wan the best-of-the-best, here it is.
1960 is largely considered to be the final year of the \'classic\' VW Beetles, and finding one that\'s still alive, let alone completely restored like this beauty, is quite the rare feat. Thanks to a revolutionary marketing campaign, sales of the Beetle took off into the stratosphere after 1960, reaching production numbers north off 700K for the first time in its history, eventually ballooning over a million just a couple years later. 1960 was a real line of demarcation for the Bug, representing the final year before Madison Avenue helped the car become a household a name, so in many ways this is an incredibly important model year for historians. Aesthetically, the Beetle didn\'t really change much at all after 1960, but the following year did usher in fully synchronized transmissions, an automatic choke, pump-type windshield washers, and an extra four horsepower for a grand total of 40bhp. For true, old-school Beetle purists, this is the final \'original\' Beetle. Code L436 Indigo Blue is the original color, and it looks fantastic on the trademark Beetle curves. The paint is miles deep with a wonderful luster and shine, and as you may know, any dark color needs a laser-straight body underneath in order to look good, otherwise every little imperfection will show. And unfortunately, a lot of folks don\'t think VWs are worth the investment, but that\'s definitely not the case here. With a full-blown, pan-off restoration that spanned the course of five years (concluding in 2011), it\'s obvious that the former owner spent a lot of time and money getting the rounded bodywork as straight as possible, and it\'s truly impeccable. It fits together extremely well (although the stories of Beetles being able to float due to exceptional seals in the doors are probably just myths), and the doors open and close with just a light touch. There\'s a single line of trim running the length of the bonnet and the body that dresses things up quite a bit, and the rest of the chrome and brightwork is in excellent shape overall as well. The folding, rag-top canvas roof is a Type 1 feature everyone loves, and yes, it too is in incredible shape, showing no signs of being exposed to any weather outside of the warm sun. In a sea of custom, lowered, chopped, shaved, and modified Beetles, this 100% stock \'Tortoise Car\' stands out in a refreshing way.
Much like the exterior, the interior was impeccably restored back-to-stock - finished in beautiful light gray and blue patterns highlighted by the factory-style woven vinyl seat covers that will probably outlast us all. Fresh two-tone door panels, a new set of gray carpets, and a gorgeously painted dash make it feel young again inside, and the stock white steering wheel is big enough to make the manual steering feel light and direct, which is by design. The simple single gauge ahead of the driver offers speed, a built-in tachometer minding the revs, an odometer (which has reportedly rolled over one time and represents 129,673 actual miles according to the seller; and under 700 miles clocked since the restoration), and fuel level, but precious little else, but vintage VWs tend to be so reliable that keeping a constant eye on them isn\'t really necessary. Like most Beetles from the era, options are light, although you do get a working heater/defrost system, that aforementioned canvas \'sunroof\' top, wipers and horn, and a manual choke and emergency brake that all work as they should. Although it\'s been finished for over a decade now, this Beetle has really only been shown and driven sparingly, so everything inside still looks, feels, and even smell like new. The back seat has likely never been used (and during the restoration a cut-off switch for the battery was cleverly installed under the seat), while up front the trunk has been properly finished in matching black rubber and offers a full-sized spare tire and wheel assembly.
The 1200 cc flat-four (aka the 1192 CC) \'Typ 122\' air-cooled engine lives under the deck lid, fully rebuilt. There\'s a familiar air cleaner up top, a big generator making the electricity, and a stock carburetor to make it go. OEM heater tubes and ducting are intact, so this VW is happy in cooler weather although it\'s still probably not suitable for Minnesota in January. Underneath you\'ll find the best evidence of the pan-off restoration, with sheetmetal and components clean enough
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