1965 Volkswagen Beetle – Sold For $14,000!

July 21, 2022 Update – While the automated high bid of $12,150 did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $14,000 when the auction closed, the top bidder had his maximum proxy bid set to $13,600. With only four hundred dollars separated between them, the buyer agreed shortly after the auction to meet the seller’s reserve. This VW marks GuysWithRides.com’s first international sale as this Calgary-based car will have a new home in the U.S.!

GuysWithRides.com is pleased to offer this pan-off restored, Ruby Red over Platinum Leatherette, 1965 Volkswagen Beetle featuring a factory sunroof conversion and a rare gas heater.

We will offer this 1965 Volkswagen Beetle in a reserve-style auction on behalf of the current caretaker. Bidding will open Wednesday, July 6, 2022, and will run for fourteen (14) consecutive days ending at 5:00 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

This restored VW currently resides in the Calgary, Alberta, Canada area.

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Reserve met at $14,000!

Produced from 1938 through 2003, the original Type I air-cooled Beetle received only incremental improvements and styling changes throughout all that time.

For the 1961 model year, significant technical advances occurred in the form of a new engine (engine code D) and transmission. The engine displacement remained at 1,200cc however power 34 horsepower at 3600 rpm and 61 foot-pounds of torque at 2000 rpm.  Volkswagen achieved this by increasing the engine’s compression ratio to 7:1, which resulted in the engine now requiring fuel with a minimum octane rating of 87 RON.

The single-barrel Solex carburetor received an electric automatic choke and the transmission was now synchronized on all forward gears. The traditional semaphore turn signals were replaced by conventional flashing directional indicators worldwide. The standard model called the TYPE 111–112, continued to use the 30 PS 1200 engine of the old architecture that dates back to Franz Reimspiess original design of 1937 all the way until the end of the 1965 model year.

For 1962, the Beetle received a mechanical fuel level gauge in place of the former fuel tap. The Standard model continued without a gas gauge until the end of the 1965 model year. At the rear, larger tail lights were introduced incorporating a separate amber turn signal section to meet new European standards (these turn signals remained red in the US market until 1973). The former hand-pump style windscreen washer was replaced by a new design using compressed air. A Schrader valve located on the washer fluid tank allowed the system to be charged at a filling station to the recommended 35 psi.

The restored 1965 Volkswagen Beetle Sedan represents the culmination of the seller’s 40-year ownership and long-term restoration of the car over much of that time.

Here is the seller’s description in their own words:

I bought the car in 1982 as a fun car for occasional use (the car was only 17 years old at the time).  Shortly after buying it I decided to get it painted,  I  started by removing the chrome and after closer inspection, I decided to take things a bit farther. I got a bit carried away and the next thing I knew the body was off the chassis and everything that needed attention got looked after, I found a donor car with a factory sunroof which was transplanted onto mine.  All the body parts went to a highly respected local body shop  (the owner was a personal friend) for prep and paint. All the individual parts were painted separately on the inside and outside surfaces in the original VW red. 
 At that point, I realized that the very expensive and time-consuming paint job would be wasted on a 17-year-old chassis. I decided to completely tear it down as well. The floor pan went in for sandblasting and all new parts were purchased for the suspension, steering, shocks, brakes, wheel bearings, seals, and all new nuts and bolts everywhere.  The transmission was sent in for a rebuild and to repair the 1st gear pop out on deceleration, the engine was rebuilt before I bought the car and had a 3000-mile warranty, also installed were a new carburetor,  fuel pump, distributor, rebuilt generator, and starter as well as gaskets and belts, in other words, everything. It was a very thorough restoration.
 That all happened around 1983 to 1986 and then life got extremely busy. The body shell went back onto the chassis and all the rest of the bits and pieces got packaged up and put in storage until around the year 2000 when I got back into it. Over the next few years, I finally got it all done.
 I have only driven 1700 miles since completion. I take it for the odd weekend drive around town and to shows. It’s still a fun car to drive, nearly every time I park somewhere somebody will come and tell me a VW beetle story.”
Potential American Bidders: GuysWithRides.com recommends using BorderBuddy.com to facilitate the import of this Beetle from Alberta, Canada into the U.S.  Given that the car is over 25 years old, the process to import this Beetle into the U.S. BorberBuddy provides this Duty and other Fee estimates based on Classic.com’s (see below) average market value currently. Important note:  the estimated fees shown below are independent of the actual shipping costs of the vehicle!

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing access to pricing data.  Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past year. 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:


Here’s the Exterior Photograph Gallery.  Click on a desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures

Here’s the Interior Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

Here’s the Underhood & Under Carriage Photographs

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Here’s the Documentation Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

If you have any questions about this 1965 Volkswagen Beetle Sedan, 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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