1958 VW Beetle Convertible: Cali Survivor

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This 1958 VW Beetle convertible here on craigslist in San Francisco caught my eye this morning. I like it because it’s an earlier model, with the smaller tail lights and the recessed headlamps behind glass lenses, among other details unique to the earlier ¬†production runs. In addition, given the quick rise in prices for bathtub Porsches, VW Buses and Vans, and even the occasional 914, I feel like the harder-to-find air-cooled Bugs can’t be far behind. Although this is priced a bit ambitiously at $5,000 for a project with lots of needs, my suspicion is that it will look cheap within a few years’ time. I don’t expect the later models from the 70s to be particularly valuable at any point, so there’s definitely a fine line in my prediction. I’d love to see this one restored with the classic 2-tone color scheme, white paint on the doors with red across the other surfaces. How would you bring it back?

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Comments

  1. David C

    Restore it for sure. Restored bugs are much more valuable than customized versions.
    Don’t get me wrong it’s pretty cool to drive a bug with 100 plus hp and all the countless things you can do to one but this one would be very valuable restored. I expect it to sell fast at that price!

  2. Doug M. (West) Member

    Gone? Add already pulled!!

  3. MH

    Always been one of my many dream cars.

  4. JamestownMike

    $5,000 was a STEAL!……..already gone!

  5. Bobsmyuncle

    This vintage Bug has moved up in value long ago. This early of a convertible must be pretty rare I’d think however my knowledge resides primarily around the buses.

    Pretty confident it would be a solid colour as well.

  6. That Guy

    AFAIK the two-tone color scheme is a customizer’s creation, not a factory offering. But I’m no expert; those who are please feel free to correct me.

    • Jeff Lavery Jeff Staff

      You’re probably right – I loved it all the same, but I’d want to stick with the original design.

  7. jim s

    we used to take the engine cover from a convertible and put it on a sedan. thinking was that it would provide more cooling air to the motor. years later ( 1970, from the information on the web site on todays bus listing ) VW did the same thing.

  8. Alabee

    Had a friend whose parents had a similar model that was factory two tone beige.

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