1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle
By now you've noticed the trend in Volkswagen Beetles, and they're not getting cheaper. This 1971 VW Super Beetle convertible is a great example of still-affordable fun, though, with a classic color combination, a solid structure, and all the charm that came standard with every single one they ever built. This jaunty little Beetle convertible should look instantly familiar to just about anyone, and painting it white with black accents gives it a somewhat aggressive look that suits it just fine. It sure looks like this tidy ragtop has lived a good life and with a few tasteful upgrades, it remains one of the better specimens we've featured. That means paint that shines up nicely without looking over-done, a good fit to the doors that's typical of these sturdy little cars, and shiny chrome bumpers that look great against the monochromatic paint. There's not a lot of trim on the '71 models but what is there all looks quite good, from the chrome bumpers to the bright headlight rings to the VOLKSWAGEN emblem on the engine cover. Clear parking light lenses update the look a bit and as a 1971 model, it still carries the preferred small taillights, although these have the traditional three-color lenses for a unique look. All Beetles had vinyl upholstery when they were new, and we love the simple black buckets with white piping to add some contrast. That piping, combined with body-colored accents, new black carpets, andh matching door panels, gives it a very finished, high-quality look. The dash is in good condition and the single pod ahead of the driver carries the big round speedometer with integral fuel gauge that's the extent of Beetle instrumentation. The entertainment system has been upgraded to an AM/FM/CD stereo head unit and the custom shifter improves shift feel. Overhead, there's a fresh black convertible top that fits as well as any we've ever seen on a Beetle, and includes a correct glass rear window and interior headliner that makes the VW feel a lot plusher than you'd expect. The front trunk compartment is clean, although not totally finished and could have a reproduction mat set installed to really take it up a notch. The traditional 1600 cc VW flat-four engine is about as simple and reliable as machines get, and thanks to proper maintenance, it runs as well as you'd expect. It isn't detailed for show, but it does have a well-maintained vibe and some new components, and it hasn't been modified like so many of its siblings. It starts easily, idles well, and pulls the cute little Bug around with enough enthusiasm to make it fun to drive. Underneath, there are clean floor pans (likely replacements, which really isn't a big deal for VW lovers), some recent suspension work, and a 4-speed manual transmission with well-spaced ratios that make the most of the engine's modest output. Those black wheels resemble early Minilites and add a sporty look, especially with slightly oversized 165R15 Goodyear radials that fill the fenders quite nicely. Just a well-loved and well-maintained Bug ragtop that's ready to enjoy. You could get one for less, but why bother fixing one up when you can have this one as a turn-key package? Call today!