Volksrod: 1970 Volkswagen Beetle Rat Rod – SOLD!

by | Feb 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Free For All Friday

March 10, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

February 28, 2022 Update – The private seller and we believe the builder of this Volksrod just replaced their existing listing with a fresh Craigslist ad. In it, the price remains at the recently-lowered $12,000 mark.

February 15, 2022 Update – After another month of no sale, the seller just reduced their asking price by another $500 to land at an even $12,000.

January 28, 2022 Update – The seller replaced their expiring listing with a fresh Craigslist ad and kept the same $12,500 asking price lowered at the end of December.

December 28, 2021 Update – The seller replaced their expiring listing with a fresh Craigslist ad and while they were at it, they lowered their asking price by another one large to land at $12,500.

December 8, 2021 Update – The seller just lowered their asking price by another five hundred dollars to $13,500.

November 23, 2021 Update – The seller just replaced their expiring Craigslist ad with a new listing. In it, the description, pictures, and lowered asking price of $14,000 all remain the same.

October 29, 2021 Update – Two days after posting their latest listing, the seller decided to lower their asking price by another one thousand dollars to set the current ask at $14,000.

October 27, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the private seller replaced their expiring Craiglist ad with a duplicate that includes staying with the $15,000 asking price.

October 12, 2021 Update – We just noticed the seller/builder of this unique Volksrod just lowered their asking price by another $999 to an even $15,000.

September 23, 2021 Update – We just came across a fresh Craigslist post that replaced the original listing from last month for this unique Volksrod.  The pictures, description, and price all remain the same.

September 5, 2021 Update – The seller of this unique Volksrod just lowered their asking price by one thousand dollars from $16,999 to $15,999.

Every time I hear a car enthusiast say, “The younger generation just isn’t into custom cars.” I immediately think about the whole Volksrod/Rat Rod craze that continues to grow in popularity. If you’re not familiar with it the term, it’s when a car enthusiast takes a Volkswagen Beetle and modifies it to the point that it resembles a classic hot rod.  The genre borrows heavily from the Rat Rat movement, which lets you use any parts you might happen to have lying around to create your new build.

Today’s example is a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle convertible converted to what the seller (and we assume builder) calls his Volks Rod he currently has listed here on Craigslist in Millersville, Maryland (Annapolis) and offered at $12,500 currently. The original ask was $16,999). Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for a stock ’70 Beetle convertible confirms the private seller has their Volks Rod priced between this guide’s #3 “Good estimate of $10,800 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $26,300.  Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s asking price falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $10,900 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $17,000.

To give you a sense of the whole Volksrod/Rat Rod craze, we’ve included this slideshow of other builds that are amazing.  Also, notice the age of the people in some of the pictures and you will see there are still younger enthusiasts out there, you just need to know where to look:

Oddly, the seller does not include pictures of the engine in his listing. We’d also love to see a picture of the belly pan to learn how he connected the VW’s air-cooled flat-four to the rocker-panel mounted side pipes.  The only thing that lets us down are the use of zip ties and loose wiring in the trunk that we would attend to upon purchase.  If you are serious about buying this Volksrod, you can start the conversation by calling Bill at (410) 948-2372When you connect, please remember to mention you saw his Volksrod featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“I have decided to sell one of my STREET RODs, this car started its life as a 1970 VW Convertible, as you can see from the pics it is a one of a kind nowhere else one just like it, I have made many metal fabs to it. YES, IT’S ALL STEEL, list of new parts, wheels/tires, shocks, floor pans that have also been reinforced, narrow lowering short front beam, drop axles, rear lowering arms, all 4 wheel disc brakes, all-new front end parts, new front seats/belts, carpet, battery, alt, dist, carb, high flow oil pump/cooler/external oil filter, gas tank/sender, electric fuel pump,
headlights/blinkers/tail lights, bumpers/ SIDE PIPES and YES they REALLY WORK!!, custom dash. I am sure I am missing some things but you get the idea, ALMOST A NEW CAR…… I am asking $16,999 CASH !! No TRADES !! NO CHECKS !!!

Show or go: what would you do with this unique VW?  Comment below and let us know!


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