of the Golf platform (Golf hatch/coupe/sedan/GTI) and that was certainly the case in 1986 when this Golf Cabrio was born. It was sold alongside the Mk2, but sits on a Mk1 chassis and is one of the nicer preserved Cabrios you’ll find on craigslist. Find this 1986 Volkswagen Cabriolet offered for $12,500 in New Canaan, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The seller of this next car describes it as a “dune buggy with doors” which is not entirely accurate. This is less a dune buggy and more a classic hot rod. The Maxi Taxi is a well known kit that adds pre-war 1930s styling to the rear engine Beetle and it would be more at home on the road with a Surfboard sticking out the window than on a dune somewhere in the desert. But wherever you drive this thing, it is cool. Find this 1970 Volkswagen Beetle Kit Car offered for $6,500 in Acampo, CA via craigslist.
The Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback was sold from 1961 through 1973 in three distinct configurations, the notchback (looks like a notich), the squareback (has a square back), and the fastback…which is fast? This next thing is a fastback, but it has been converted into a Baja ready off-road machine without a back seat or any of the creature comforts that your wife might expect in a classic. But those rock skid bars look cool. Find this 1968 Volkswagen Fastback Type 3 offered for $4000 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
The Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback was sold from 1961 through 1973 in three distinct configurations, the notchback (looks coupish), the squareback (a wagon thing), and the fastback…which is what we have here today. Power comes from Volkswagen’s 1600 cc version of the aircooled flat-4 that was fuel injected starting in 1968, but today’s car has a freshly built 1835cc motor fed with some Weber carbs. Find this 1971 Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback offered for $7900 in Buckeye, AZ via craigslist.
The T4 generation of Volkswagen’s infamous Transporter was sold in the USA from 1990 through 2003 as the “Eurovan”. For whatever reason, the same barbaric price increases that have plagued the market for the OG rear-engine Transporter has also hit the late model Eurovan market and the perky little cheap vans have now become stupidly expensive little cheap vans. Today’s next example is priced like it is 1999, and it probably has something to do with the mountain of bondo used to fix the driver’s side as it appears otherwise ready to give you the urban hipster street cred you’ve been looking for to go with your ironic moustache and sandal tan. Find this 1993 Volkswagen Eurovan offered for $4000 in Aptos, CA via craigslist.
I remember when seeing a Volkswagen Beetle with a Rolls Royce front end was both a novelty and interesting, but that was a long time ago. Today, seeing a stock Beetle is the oddity as many have been turned into Baja Bugs or El Caminos or whatever, like this next thing…which is…I’m not sure. Find this 1973 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $5500 in Massillon, OH via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Life in Brazil consists of pretty much nothing but playing soccer and partying in the streets…but that was before COVID, and today they mostly try to avoid this virus. Anyway, there is an fascinating automotive subculture in the former Portuguese colony and up until the 1990s Brazil (the world’s fifth largest country by population and geography) did not allow imported automobiles, so major OEMs around the world set up local manufacturing centers. At first the local plants built vehicles designed and engineered from the parent company’s home country, but eventually the locals starting building unique vehicles, particularly Volkswagen of Brasil. The SP2 was developed on the Type 3 Variant chassis with styling by Marcio Piancastelli. Find this 1976 Volkswagen SP2 bidding for $17,000 reserve-not-met located in Daytona Beach, FL via eBay.
I’ve often wondered why the VW Scirocco doesn’t get much love from the collector car market. Could the fact that the name is un-spellable and un-pronounceable factor in to the low bidding prices on your favorite auction sites — could scores of people be searching for Skirocos and Scriroccos and just miss out on the Giorgetto Giugiaro designed classic? This next verision looks a lot like the 1st generation Scirocco, but is an early 2nd generation. Find this 1982 Volkswagen Scirocco offered for $10,900 in Orwigsburg, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Type 181 Volkswagen Thing is not a pretty car…but it is pretty useful. It started life in the 1960s as a stripped down mild-off-road capable light vehicle used for West German military use, but VW built a civilian version a few years later. This next example has been given a significant restoration and modernization (LED lights, disk brakes, larger engine, 6-point cage) that should allow it to function well into the 21st century — no touch screen required. Find this 1981 Volkswagen Thing Type 181 offered for $14,999 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
Lots of cars have wings. Most Porsches sport some kind of small automatically deployed wing element from the back and even the lowly Toyota Corolla has a small trunk wing in many configurations…but this next car…it has a wing. A real air foil. It is the stubby remnants of a Cessna 172 wing that has been amputated so it will fit into a garage and that is just the start. Find this 1968 Volkswagen Beetle that has been combined with a 1959 Cessna 172 offered for $28,500 in Cape Coral, FL via eBay. Tip from Kester.