Rare Ragtop: 1959 Volkswagen Beetle Sunroof Sedan

September 22, 2021 Update: The high bid of $3,101 did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $20,000, so we’ve moved this 1959 Volkswagen Beetle Ragtop to our “Rides Still Available” Page. If you are serious about buying this 1959 VW Bug, you can click the blue “Buy Now or Make an Offer” button below to navigate to the bidding page where you can agree to pay the $20,000 reserve or enter a reasonable counter-offer we will present to the seller.

GuysWithRides.com is excited to offer this tastefully modified 1959 Volkswagen Beetle Sunroof Coupe (aka, “Ragtop”) in an online, reserve price style auction on behalf of the private seller.  The auction started Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and continues for fourteen consecutive days through Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

This 1959 VW Beetle Ragtop resides just outside of the Bend, Oregon area.

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Current High Bid = $3,101

Reserve Meter – the green bar indicates how close the high bid is to the seller’s reserve price. When the green bar is full, the reserve has been met!

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Originally developed in the late 1930s, through the 1950s, Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle received a number of cosmetic and mechanical improvements all designed to improved safety, performance, and reliability. For example, 1950 featured the implementation of hydraulic brakes and a folding fabric sunroof. Throughout the 1950s, the rear window of the Type 1 Beetle evolved from a divided or “split” oval to a singular oval, culminating in a larger rectangular window in 1958.

In 1954, Volkswagen increased the Beetle’s engine displacement from 1,131 (1100) cc to 1,192 (1200) cc.  This coincided with upgrades to various key components including a redesign of the crankshaft. Power increased from 30 to 36 horsepower and improved the engine’s free-revving abilities without compromising torque at lower engine speeds.  At the same time, compression ratios were progressively raised as the octane ratings of available fuel was raised in major markets during the 1950s and 1960s.

In 1955, the separate brake lights were discontinued and were combined into a new larger taillight housing. The traditional VW semaphore turn signals were replaced by conventional flashing directional indicator lamps for North America.  For 1956, the Beetle received what would become one of its more distinctive features, a set of twin chrome tailpipes. Models for North America gained taller bumper guards and tubular overrider bars. For 1958, the Beetle received a revised instrument panel and the aforementioned larger rectangular rear window.

The current caretaker purchased this restored Beetle from a known air-cooled enthusiast approximately fifteen years ago.  In addition to completing the restoration on what appears to be a rust-free body, the previous owner made several updates to the car.  The most notable one being the installation of a later model dashboard that incorporates a fuel gauge.

The picture below is the title page for the complimentary Lemon Squad Pre-Purchase Inspection completed on this driver quality Beetle during the first week of September 2021. Cosmetically, other than some minor exterior paint scratches and light driver’s seat wear, the inspector noted a wrinkled fabric sunroof the seller was hesitant to open.

Click on the picture below to get access to the report and remember to click the “back” button to return to this page when complete.

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 1959 Volkswagen Beetle Sunroof Coupe, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

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