1962 Bug Price: 15000 obo
We are selling my wife's 1962 VW Bug as we just don't use it and it's a real shame to see it sitting around.
I bought this for one of my wife's "milestone" birthdays as she used to own one years ago. She loved it and still does but, the truth is that we both prefer the creature comforts of our newer cars. The Bug needs to go to someone who will drive it and enjoy it for what it is.
The odometer shows about 586 miles - obviously it's got more than that on it - I just don't know if it's been round the clock more than once!
Since buying the car it has had a complete service, including a full valve job. The clutch has been replaced, including a new clutch cable. All four brake cylinders were replaced as were the drums where needed; whenever possible I refurbished the original parts, otherwise they were replaced with quality items. The master cylinder and all the brake lines have been replaced. It has new fuel lines, a rebuilt carburetor and a new coil.
In addition to the mechanical work I have spent time and money making cosmetic improvements – the car now has the correct running boards as opposed to the cheap, nasty, black aftermarket ones you see on some older Bugs.
It starts really well on the key – first time, every time. Speaking of keys, it comes with two original keys that fit the ignition, door locks and engine cover.
I have the birth certificate from Volkswagen confirming that the car has its original engine. It still has its 6 volt electric system in place and it works well. Additionally, I have paperwork confirming that it still has its original transmission. I also have quite a few of the registration documents that span several years through the 60s and 70s.
The Bug was born on the 6th of March 1962 and left the factory on the 9th. It was originally destined for Amato in Ecudaor; however, the family that bought the car participated in VW's overseas delivery program and the car was diverted for them. I believe they picked the Bug up in London - I have some of the original paperwork listing the dealership in St. John's Wood in north London.
Upon returning to the US the bug lived its life in Fullerton where it stayed with its original owner until it was passed on to his son. I bought the car from the original owner's son and spent another couple of thousand having all the work described above.
The Bug does not have its original Black and Gold license plates as they were stolen during the gas crisis in 1973 when you could only buy gas every other day depending on the last digit of your license plate. It still has the original blue and yellow plate issued as a replacement in 1973. If you really want to get the original plate, according to DMV’s website it is available and could be had in black and gold as a vanity plate.
The car is not perfect but it is in pretty darn good condition for a vehicle of its age. It has signs of wear and tear that are not unsurprising in a 56 year old car, but overall it’s in great shape and could easily be a daily driver – or a solid basis for a concours restoration.
I believe that at some point the Bug had a respray and it is not an original VW color (at least not for this car); it should be L87 Pearl White - it is white, just not the white it left the factory with. I have returned the wheels to their original two tone paint scheme – prior to this it was running on wheels that someone had painted black with a rattle can, it just wasn’t right and needed to go back to the factory paint scheme.
The body is in good shape and if there is any rust I have yet to find it. I have included a picture of the floor under the battery showing it has not corroded. If you come to see the car, bring your magnets, bring whatever you need to check the floors, etc. for rust – if there’s any to be found it will be news to me!
The Bug could easily be used as a daily driver – anything else will depend on how far the new owner wants to go with the work.
This is a great little Bug and it has some history to go with it. I'd love to see this go to an enthusiast that will take proper care of it.
Hagerty values a “good” example at $10,800 and an “excellent” one at $20,200 – a concours car goes for $33,300. This isn’t in concours condition and while it may not be “excellent” it is certainly better than “good” – with that in mind, I am asking for $15,000 – email me and set up an appointment to see and drive the car – make me an offer and it could well be going home with you.
I have clean California title, and the car is currently registered and insured.
Please contact me through the Samba if you have any questions or if you would like to come and buy it.
Thank you for looking.