I’m not sure exactly what it would cost to build a vehicle that would be competitive at a official SCORE (So Cal Off Road Enthusiasts) Class 5/1600 race event…but I have to assume it’d be a lot more than the asking price on this next vehicle. But that is the way the chip crumbles in used racing vehicles, and the builder’s loss is the buyer’s gain. This Baja Bug is only an awesome racing paint job (flames? numbers? stickers? — yes, yes, yes) away from getting you evicted from your condo association. Find this 1969 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $10,000 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The seller of this next vehicle calls it a “Roaster” several times in the advertisement …which I at first thought must be a typo (Roadster?) but after seeing the car…I think it might be correct. It looks crazy. On the plus side, when you do get roasted by this thing, you won’t take your wife/kids with you to the great junkyard in the sky because it only has one seat. Find this 1968 Volkswagen Custom Roadster offered for $7,500 in Coulterville, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I’ve never had much more than a passing desire to own a Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle that wasn’t transmogrified into some kind of dune buggy or monster truck. I guess I’d prefer an earlier version because they have a more classic look, but the newer ones have more amenities and performance (today’s Beetle even has functioning factory stock A/C). This next one looks like a 1970s Super Beetle, but it is actually a Mexican import built in a factory in 1993. Amazing when you consider the type 1 design was first released in 1938. Find this 1994 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle offered for $7,900 in Delary Beach, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Before we get into why you should buy this next car, let me start with the things it has going against it. First, it has a salvage title — and while that shouldn’t scare the intrepid used car owner, it does tend to frighten many potential buyers when you go to resell the car. Next, it has depreciated some, but it will continue to drop significantly in value for the next few years, that is the nature of a GTI, it should bottom at around 5k in 5-10 years if history is any indicator. And finally, the wheels are barf. Okay, with those things out of the way…what you’ve got here is a 1/2 priced almost new GTI with 14k miles, plaid seats, a few mods, and nice green paint. What else do you need in life? Find this 2017 Volkswagen GTI offered for $14,800 in Dublin, CA via craigslist.
Staring out the window in a state of stupefied quarantine paralysis (yes, that is a scientific medical thing, doctordel can back me up) and I said to myself; Self, we are featuring too many custom kit cars on DT. But I looked at the recent DT postings and noticed that I hadn’t posted a kit car in over two weeks and I thought to myself; Self, we aren’t posting enough custom kit cars on DT. So, I’m over here having teenage girl mood swings like I’m the main character in the next Twilight saga book and suddenly the little YOU’VE GOT MAIL ICON pops up on my AOL inbox and it was a 917 laser with a water cooled GM V6 mounted out back. Yes. This will do nicely. Find this 1974 Volkswagen Kit Car offered for $8,500 in Schenectady, NY via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The conversation must have gone something like this; Dude, let’s travel around the country living in this bus. Yeah, but what this bus needs is a Volkswagen Bus mounted on the roof. Dude..that is a great idea, but what if it had two buses mounted on the top? Sick. Do you think the taco shop is still open, I’m starving. The end result of many hours of fabrication and crane work is this next thing. Find this 1982 BlueBird Bus offered for $12,000 in Germantown, WI via fakebrace merkur4tiplace. Tip from Matt.
The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14 was launched in 1955 as a 2+2 coupe with Type 1 Beetle mechanical parts and styling by Luigi Segre of Carrozzeria Ghia plus a coach-built bodywork from Karmann. The Karmann Ghia was cheap and affordable for years, but prices of nice examples have gone up in the past decade or so…but you can still find a good deal like this next one. Find this 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia offered for $5,500 in Fremont, CA via craigslist.
One of my only automotive acquisition regrets is the time I turned down an offer for a free Volkswagen Beetle. It was actually two Beetles, but the parts were in boxes and the body was separated from the pan and my ability to assembled one working Beetle from the assorted boxes/bags/piles was questionable given the other projects I was also nursing along…so the Beetle went to someone else to store the pieces of another automotive jigsaw puzzle. However, today’s next feature seems like a much shorter putt to get your Vee-Dub itch scratched. Find this 1967 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $3,000 in Vernonia, OR via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.
We automotive scavengers tend to spend a lot of time complaining about how product planners at the big auto companies miss our desired combination of big-engine and manual gearbox, in a wagon shape (hello BWM, hello Toyota, etc). However, there was a time when Volkswagen, of all people, got it right! They put the crazy W8 engine into the wagon version of the B5.5 generation Passat and let us have a 6-speed manual gearbox mated to all the wheels via VW’s 4Motion system. It was glorious and expensive and not many were sold, but used ones are cheap. Find this 2004 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion offered for $6,500 in Narragansett, RI via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I was going to apologize for posting yet another kit car on the pages of DT, but then I remembered two of my New Years Resolutions that weren’t obliterated by COVID19 — 1) I wasn’t going to apologize to anybody for anything and 2) I was gonna post more kit cars on DT. So, here is an unapologetic and enthusiastic feature for a Vokaro, the vokiest kit car you’ll see sitting on a Bug frame. Find this 1974 Volkswagen Vokaro Kit Car bidding for $4150 in Ogden, UT via eBay with 2 days to go.