The 1973 Super Beetle convertible is a terrific first car for the new collector, and they continue to show appreciation. Built at the Karman factory in Osnabruck, West Germany in November of 1972, this 1973 Super Beetle has the original 4 cylinder, horizontally opposed, 1,584 CC (1.6 L) engine and 4 speed manual transmission. The engine was rebuilt and has 13,740 miles on it, which is the mileage on the odometer.
The power train runs well. The clutch engages properly, and the transmission shifts smoothly. Running gear including half shafts, brakes, wheels, tires, suspension, etc are in great shape and were repaired or replaced when the engine was rebuilt. Rolling stock are Goodyear 185 x 65 x R15 radials mounted on correct chrome wheels. Interior upholstery is excellent with no obvious signs of wear.
Dash is original with reliable VDO gauges. All lights, horn, radio, heater, defroster work as they were originally designed. Manual convertible operates perfectly and the top exterior is very good and water tight. Interior top headliner is fair, with wear showing in the rear where the top hinges come into contact with the headliner (see pictures). Convertible top boot is also very good condition.
The original, four-spoke steering wheel is still in the car, and door panels are in good shape, featuring door map pockets for extra storage. The rear view mirror, glass, and shifter all look good. Completing the interior is a JVC AM/FM stereo.
Exterior paint patina is nice, but showing some minor road rash on the bonnet, with the typical paint chips found from use as a frequent weekend driver. All have been touched up. Body panels are straight with no signs of previous damage. There are no dents, but there is a minor tire rub scrape on the driver side front fender (see pictures). No body work is necessary and the black marks could be buffed out. Bright trim is good with only minor pitting. The center rubber molding on the rear bumper is missing.
The driver quality paint on this Super Beetle shows nicely driving by, or in a high school or college dorm parking lot. Overall, this is a solid, dependable, very collectible VW. Take care of it and you will enjoy a nice return on your investment in the years to come, and have a very enjoyable toy to play with! It is priced at $14,900 and located in Las Vegas. Available for a pre-purchase inspection by appointment.