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1969 Beetle Autostick, Low Miles, Dry, Maintained Turn on always show all large photos     Ad id: 2294660
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1969 Beetle Autostick, Low Miles, Dry, Maintained   Price: $6500
Owned by Chris Knecht, but being sold by close friend Merlin Tabacco.
Contact Merlin if interested 313-213-4810 (preferred method)
Go by a visit the car at Sunshine Auto Garage (aka Sunshine Air Cooled) in Sarasota, FL http://www.sunshineautogarage.com/

The beautiful car is a dry Texas car with less than 75,000 documented miles. Over the last 2 years, this vehicle has been slowly reconditioned to its factory state. It has always been painted the original factory L50 color (Diamond Blue). The interior paint is original, and we believe some of the exterior is original as well, but some of the exterior has been repainted (such as fenders). Generally, the body is in good condition, but some minor body work is needed on a fender and on the deck lid. The doors close solid and are aligned. As you can see from the pictures, the areas that typically rust on these Beetles are dry and essentially rust-free.

Friendly to ALL drivers, this bug features the rare Automatic Stick-shift (Autostick) transmission which features 3 forward speeds + reverse. It is shifted without the driver pressing a clutch pedal. It also has a useful torque converter that allows the driver to keep the vehicle in-gear at idle if preferred (driver can choose to shift or just leave it in gear).

It was originally a 1500cc Single Port (SP) engine. The previous owner had the engine rebuilt in 1998 and so it became 1600cc SP. It runs strong and is reliable. When we purchased it, we wanted to get original components back onto the engine to replace several aftermarket parts so we sought to have the engine and transmission match. Since it was now a 1600cc, we decided to make the engine & trans match as if it was a 1970 Beetle Autostick (which was the only 1600cc SP made...subsequent years it became a Dual Port (DP) intake). We searched a long time to find the correct carburetor (30 PICT 3, VW227 Flange) and distributor (113 905 205 AD) to match what came with a 1970 Autostick, and had them both rebuilt by professionals (details can be provided upon request). After installing those parts, and tuning the engine from the bottom up, the engine starts right up and it runs great.

Other notable refurbishments include: new fuel pump, some new fuel lines, new fuel tank filling hoses and vent tubes, new (correct) vacuum hoses (for Autostick control valve and for the distributor), accurately painted rims (which are the car's original rims) and accurately painted glove-box door (which was replaced at some point). We also found some black seats (to replace the ones in it that were not the correct/factory black color...per birth certificate) on this classic "vee-dub", and we installed the factory seat belts. Recently, we completely refreshed the rust-free floors with factory-correct tar board and rubber mats. A list of these updates and repairs, along with dozens of other careful and meticulously planned repairs and refurbishments can be provided upon request. We also have repair/service records from the previous owner dating back to 1984. (it has been well-maintained throughout its life with regular oil changes, tune-ups, lubrication, spark plugs, etc).

Along with the completed items, we also have a few extras that will come with the car including: a period-correct speedometer (correct month/year production to match the car), correct luggage compartment carpet & padding, a trunk dash wire cover, heater channel insulation (for under the rear seat), new decals (air filter, valve gap, 12 Volt, Brake Reservoir, Windshield Washer Reservoir, etc.), Interior Door Panel clips, the original Windshield Washer Fluid bottle/hose, some Window Crank Buffers, Oil Breather Rubber Valve (fits onto bottom of breather tube), and Oil Filler Seal (seals breather tube to breast plate).
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