Family Owned Survivor: 1970 VW Beetle Convertible

Normally, I don’t give aircooled Bugs much of a look given the wide variety available at any point in time, but this 1970 Beetle convertible seemed worthy of a post. You see, it’s a bit of a survivor, which is hard to find anymore with so many Bugs either getting over-restored or going straight to the rat rod look. This example here on eBay comes with extensive documentation from new, including a stamped maintenance booklet and 88,523 documented miles.

The interior is just the right kind of well-worn, with seats showing their age and the floor coverings looking less than sharp, but the original radio remains in the dash and factory stickers still affixed in the door jambs. The dash looks good as-is, and the old-school Colorado license plates likely mean this Beetle has lived in a hospitable mountain climate most of its life. Thankfully, it’s not an autostick and is the preferred, conventional manual transmission.

The seats could definitely use re-covering, a deviation from original I’d feel fine with. It also likely means the long-term family owners enjoyed plenty of time with the top down, as they should. The listing calls it a two-owner car in single-family ownership, so I’m guessing it was passed down from one generation to the next. Paint depth looks nice and even from the outside panels to the door jambs, and is a nice change of pace from the usual whites and silvers.

The seller is asking a reasonable $5,200 for the Beetle, which seems like a very fair price to me if the Bug is as honest in person as it appears in pictures. No details are provided on the health of the drivetrain, but the engine at least appears to have had some recent attention with what looks like a new cap and plugs installed. These convertible Beetles live in a weird spot where time capsules command big money and examples like these far less, but this a car you can actually use.

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Comments

  1. Rex Kahrs Member

    I recall back in the ’70s, this was exactly the kind of Beetle you would avoid, and it cost probably $150 used back then.

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    • John's Car Corner

      I became a ‘car nut’ back in the mid-50s but didn’t get into VWs until the mid 60s (started out with Chevys and Fords but saved the best til last)… the 1970 Beetle convertible is perhaps the best year for this model (the last year of the ‘std’ convertible)…I’ve owned practically every year VW convertible produced (oldest a 1956, the newest a 2009) . . . my choice 1970! = JAH JCC

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  2. Howard A Member

    This is a great find for someone in Chicago. I’m sure someone will snatch this up, only because they are non-existent there. This is an average price for a Colorado car, if it was cleaner, the ragtop could see more, but when I was looking for a Bug last summer, lots came up, not many ragtops, but and it could be the location, Bugs just don’t do well in the mountains, and you never see them out here. Fun, affordable little car for someone to cruise the lakefront with. Still a bunch out here.

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  3. Todd Van Winkle

    I’d take that in a minute…everything is available to restore that old girl…

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  4. TimM

    Could be a fun project for someone wanting to get into the hobby or just as a source of cheap transportation!! Get it mechanically sound and drive it!!!

  5. John Oliveri

    My aunt had a auto stick one brand new in Long Island, 1970, she loved that car

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    • Steven Ligac

      I was a VW mechanic for some years beginning in ’75. I loved the Automatic StickShifts!

  6. On and On On and On Member

    Did not sell, was re-listed this morning.

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