Gut Gestalt: 1966 Volkswagen Beetle Street Machine – Sold?
February 10, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
We’re suckers for a great car story and the private seller of this Cal-Look ’66 VW Beetle originally listed in January 2021 on Craigslist in Cape May, New Jersey is one of the best ones we’ve read since we started Guys With Rides. More importantly, the ’66 VW Beetle combines older “Cal-Look” custom touches (Empi five spokes and a lowered stance with just the right rake without resorting to airbags) with more modern trends (vent windows in tack, a roof rack with a vintage surfboard, and cooler strapped to it while keeping the US-single color tail lenses) form the Gestalt of a what a custom VW Beetle should look like.
Offered at $12,800 currently. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their VW priced between this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $6,200 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $13,300. Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $8,375 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $13,125.
Here’s the seller’s excellent description:
“With Great Sadness and Happiness, I present to you my 1966 VW Sunroof Beetle for sale. The Important Stuff:
She is a 1600dp with dual weber carbs lowered with adjustable rear plates and sitting on full air ride, front disc brakes, lovely 2.5inch exhaust, 2 amps pushing to 4 speakers, and 1~10inch sub-12-volt conversion including being fully rewired with working wipers. The interior was redone with a blue tweed on the seats and headliner. The blue paint has a few spots, but I have loved that paint so well and kept it in the garage. Yes, the decal on the side can be removed, but why?
The car’s story:
I purchased this vehicle from a gentleman out in Murry, KY was the CEO of a parts manufacturing company and originally from Germany. He purchased this car as one of his pieces to his collection because he owned the same year and color when he was a child. His mom however got rid of the car while he went away to the military. When he saw this car with the color and year it reminded him of his youth, so he purchased it to add to his collection. Already owning a Ghia, 944, and Buggy, this did not see much action. When the decision came to move back to Germany, and only 3 vehicles fitting into a container, he chose this one to part with.
During this time, I had both my children and my wife in my corner saying it was finally time for me to get my bug. This car was a 22-year dream for me. I had my first Beetle, model of a 1967, yes, a desktop model, I still own. My parents bought this for me as a joke because they would not allow me to have a Beetle as a first car. Since then, I have had a few attempts at purchasing a beetle but never found the one that made my heart skip. When I found this, it was love at first sight!
The image on the side is a stick-on decal that can be removed but I chose to leave it on because I think it gives the car a unique appearance. I built this car to my vision with full air suspension, and a great sound system. The sound is not crazy, while the exhaust is louder, and the sound can drown it out, it can also still be a nice background noise when the company is riding along. The best part to me is the sticker bomb on the wire cover and air tank. I did not scratch up the wire cover in the even I wanted to change out the stickers for solid black and have a box of additional stickers, since I am now letting this car trade hands, I will leave it up to the next owner if they want to scratch the plastic surface to get the stickers to adhere properly or just give it the occasional push, or remove them…
She is not a show car but instead a fantastic Beetle reliable daily driver! I have whipped this car out on the occasional 6 hours round trip just for an escape from life and returned home with no problems. I have also enjoyed many 20-minute trips around town. And many dates for ice cream with my daughters, one who might be fighting you as you take her car away; not excited for that even though I have told her we are ready for a different project. I just cleaned both carbs and tuned it up. Started her up the other day in 34-degree weather and took her for a cruise just to know she is good to go and because that is what we do; we go drive around to put a smile on our own faces as we pass other people and put smiles on theirs.
Why let this go, I want to continue checking boxes off the bucket list meaning time for a Nova or a Deville, or C10 or a patina bug, or a bus. I do not know what is next but I do know, my garage is only big enough for 1 vehicle no matter how much I water it, the garage that it is😉 So my love, whom I have sat and talked to while wiping off the dust from the daily drive, is offered to you for sale.
Feel free to message me for any additional questions.”
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