Here we have an original paint cutie with venetian blinds in the rear window. I believe an aftermarket accessory and not one from the fatherland. Original paint VWs are pretty rare in this vintage. It might also have original interior but the seller does not make any claims. This one retains its 6 Volt status and we are told it is rust free. Trust but verify. The Beetle has a few nice accessories in addition to the blinds. The rack and pop-out rear windows come in handy for sure. Read More
The collector car hobby has gone nuts for preservation and patina. Just look at the Rat Rod phenomena and you’ll know what we mean. Preservation isn’t limited to Pebble Beach level cars. Most experts agree, it is better to keep something original if the entire package is consistent. By that we mean you shouldn’t have an original paint car with patina and a brand new interior. The reverse is true too (in our opinion). What we have here today is a Type 2 Single Cab with original paint blended in some areas to preserve the look. But since it is a lowly Type 2, lots of what we just said doesn’t apply. This is one to have fun with. It is a bubble taillight Single Cab that was bought brand new in early ’57 and was used as a farm truck until ’70 when it was parked. Read More
The Type 34, based on the Type 3 sedan, was the halo model of the entire VW line. It had the distinction of being the most expensive VW available, the fastest, and the most luxurious. The Type 34 had a host of standard amenities as a cigar lighter, electric clock, locking steering column, front & rear vent windows, variable wiper controls, and luxurious interior accommodations. It also had the distinction of being the only VW fitted with built-in fog lights and the option of an electrically operated steel sliding sunroof (today’s does not have one). Read More
Spring is somewhere (certainly not here in Connecticut) but you still might be thinking about your first vintage car to enjoy on those sunny days and moonlit nights. You’ve seen so many nice Alfas, MGs and Triumphs here on Mint however you might not want to make that level of a commitment. What you really want is a reasonably trouble-free convertible for that summer vintage car experience. This could be it. Read More
Did you ever think that a VW Bug would look like a big car? Well amongst our small car review, it does. And when you think about it, the Beetle was a pretty clever packaging design. Okay, it doesn’t get 86 MPG but it did seat 4 comfortably and cruised the highway at a decent speed. It is also built like a little bank vault. There are literally legions of VW Beetle lovers and thankfully there is no shortage of Beetles to love. The early cars are prized by collectors for their rarity, quirky options and details. Read More
Sometimes our clever (at times) headlines are hard to conjure up in our imagination. It wasn’t for this Bahia Red Karmann Ghia. It is one sweet ride. We feature nice Ghias when we find them but we can’t tell you if one was ever as appealing as this one. The color is perfect and original to the car. It looks to be in great condition too. California Classix is one of our favorite sellers and they never cease to amaze me with their car finding skills. They mention in their descriptive copy that it is hard to find Karmann Ghias that haven’t been messed with. Read More
There are literally legions of VW Beetle lovers and thankfully there is no shortage of Beetles to love. The early cars are prized by collectors for their rarity, quirky options and details. Many Beetles were treated to rattle-can restorations mainly because they were plentiful and thought to be forever value-challenged. So finding a car that was carefully restored with attention to detail is certainly Mintworthy. Today’s ’57 Beetle is such a car. Everything about it was done with originality in mind. Read More
I worked for VW of America in Englewood Cliffs when this one was built. This is among the last of the German-built Rabbits before VW inflicted a near fatal wound by building them in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. We don’t really think an old Rabbit is collectible but this one is special. It has had only 2-owners since new and accumulated a scant 24,400 miles. Read More
Every so often we come across a nicely presented VW Beetle in our inbox. And that is the case with today’s Beetle (thanks to Frank K. for the heads-up). It is an Iceland Green Beetle with the original engine in good running order. Back then, there were little things to distinguish the older cars from the millions that came after. Besides the oval-shaped rear window that replaced the split rear window (hear that Corvette lovers), they had things like heart-shaped tail lights and semaphores.
With a little work, this could be an exceptional VW Beetle. It is an original paint car and a period roof rack. That’s a nice little package. It runs well so says the seller. Read More
Now this isn’t a VW Westphalia camper hence the reference to the “Caravelle” in the title. Back in the day when VW had distributors, they had a degree of “allocation” muscle. They made dealers take slower selling panel vans and pick-ups to get the fast selling campers. When that made them even more frustrated they opted to have their own versions built stateside. The Riviera and Caravelle are among the best known conversions. The Caravelle, like today’s featured Camper, was converted from a panel van when it was new. It has had only 2 owners since new and is in great condition. It isn’t cheap by any stretch at $31,500 and has been for sale for sometime we think. But it is really neat in Dove Grey and the interior looks amazing well-preserved. Read More
Make that insanity. The listing has been taken down so maybe it was a fraudulent ad.
Finally some sanity has flown into our inbox with this 23-window bus. The VW buses that we see at auction fetch stratospheric prices closing in on and sometimes passing $100 grand! Of course, we haven’t inspected this one in person so we can’t tell if the quality level is up to the standard of the big money buses. But it is a VW bus. How nice does it have to be? It was restored by the seller and has traveled only 6,100 miles since then. Read More
The Type 34, based on the Type 3 sedan, was the halo model of the entire VW line. It had the distinction of being the most expensive VW available, the fastest, and the most luxurious. The Type 34 had a host of standard amenities as a cigar lighter, electric clock, locking steering column, front & rear vent windows, variable wiper controls, and luxurious interior accommodations. It also had the distinction of being the only VW fitted with built-in fog lights and the option of an electrically operated steel sliding sunroof. Read More
We absolutely love split-windshield Westfalia campers. Everyone goes gaga over the 23 window buses and they are cool but not twice as cool as this camper. It looks great and the listing refers to a recent engine rebuild with a bit more power on tap. All good. We love the color combination and everything looks like it might be worth a closer look. Read More
Since the VW Beetle is one of the largest selling cars of all time, if you have a hankering for an old one why not get one a little different. You know, some enhancements that could be undone yet cool enough to say “I’m different”. Let us present the featured VW for today. It is in a very popular beige color that you see very often. Read More