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Barn Bug Update: 1962 Volkswagen Beetle

We featured this 1962 Beetle over 10 years ago. It was a dusty project back then but it has since been transformed into the sweet ride you see before you! Mike C reached out to report that the barn bug is doing just fine. She is happy in a climate control garage near Hershey Pennsylvania and is currently not for sale. He is currently looking for a Bend Oregon license plate frame if anyone has one laying around though. We want to thank Mike for sharing this update with us and wish him many more years of happy motoring with his rad ragtop!


  1. Avatar photo bobhess Member

    As nice as this old Bug is it sure deserves a good paint job. Hope that happens in the future.

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    • Avatar photo James

      Deserves to be left alone. Little wax to keep the rust at bay, keep up on the maintenance and enjoy. Enough restored cars running around, leave the original ones as they are so those of us who appreciate that time leaves it’s toll on everything and nothing in this world is perfect.

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    • Avatar photo John B. Traylor

      I hate “patina.”.

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  2. Avatar photo TomP

    This website has been around for ten years? Hmm, that’s interesting.

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  3. Avatar photo MathieuB

    Wow, congrats to the new owner!
    Excellent follow, thank you!

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  4. Avatar photo Memphis

    I like the patina. Clear coat it. I comment often here as kid doing his airforce time in Phoenix I had a ton of vintage cars in the late 70’s there. My exe back then was only right about one thing our 11 years together. She said Memphis do the mechanicals first . Get the head liner later. Im charter member Arizona VW club. Uts scarey. Out of the million plus VW s so few are left. I would restore every bug i could find

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  5. Avatar photo Kurt Member

    Agree with above, a factory color paint job would look great.

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  6. Avatar photo TheOldRanger

    Every time I see a “bug” like this one, I remember seeing a lot of them on their roofs after being blown over by west Texas winds. I used to drive into Odessa on Saturdays to grocery shop, etc, and never once did I fail to see at least one of these on its top. That was enough for me to steer clear (pardon the pun) of these vehicles. Those who owned one of these and stayed off the highways and drove about 30 mph did fine, but if they were on the open road and tried to drive above 40 mph, usually lost control. I wouldn’t own one them, and I certainly won’t own one now.

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    • Avatar photo Cj

      Not a car for the open plains, for sure. Or mountainous areas either (36 HP!). But my first car was a bug and I’ll always have a soft spot for them. My second car, a Karmann Ghia, was the auto love of my life, however!

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      • Avatar photo Matk

        My first car was a 68 ghia convertible. I was too young to appreciate what I had. I’m still chasing a clean ghia convertible 50 years later. Was a great ride!

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    • Avatar photo Lothar... of the Hill People

      TheOldRanger- You are saying that EVERY Saturday you’d see a VW Beetle on it’s roof? Are you sure you weren’t looking at the same one each week?? :) C’mon man! :)

      I had a ’73 when I was young and while Wisconsin is not on the plains, we did have some high winds on occasion and I never felt unsafe. Actually I felt the rounded shape might help the Beetles stay on their tires, at least if the heavy winds were coming from the front or back, even though they were light cars.

      Have a good one.

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  7. Avatar photo Bob McK

    If this beauty was mine, it would get a show quality paint job.

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  8. Avatar photo Cobra Steve

    At least it doesn’t have the silly roof rack!

    I am old enough to remember my town crawling with bugs (back in the days when we had DDT) and I NEVER RECALL seeing any with roof-mounted luggage racks…saw one with a ski rack but NEVER roof racks.

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  9. Avatar photo Jack Quantrill

    I had a black ‘62. Loved that canvas sunroof!

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  10. Avatar photo Paul

    Love this bug. My very first car in school was a 61 bug same color. After it was totaled by a drunk driving over the hood after running a red light I bought a 62 and swapped engines. Owned a Karman Ghia and at least 5 more bugs plus dune buggies so I love them. I would love to have this one in my garage just for old times sake.

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  11. Avatar photo Crows Nest Pete

    In 1972, had a 66 bug with the rag sunroof, drove London to Nairobi in it, 19 times bogged, 17 punctures, stopped in Serengetti game reserve to photo pride of lions, roused on by ranger for having top open, we forgot all about it!! Great car, loved it to (near) death, had to sell in Keyna, for more than we paid for it in London. Only damage, needed a wheel bearing in Spain early on!! Loved them ever since.

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