Summer's here, and that means two things: road trips with your radio blasting, and fun-in-the-sun convertibles. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe brings you a drop-top Beetle that Eminem totally wouldn't hate on.
Last week ended on a Germanic note, with the weird little AWS Shopper getting a nod to the Crack Pipe from 71% of you. Today we're going back to der Vaterland with a summer drop top that will shock you with how few miles are on the clock, as well as by how much the seller is asking because of that.
The VW Beetle, or Type 1, has been around since the beginning of time, and is hypothesized by some biblical scholars to be what Adam and Eve drove when they were banished from the Garden of Eden. As their wardrobes consisted mainly of fig-leaf pasties, the modest performance of the Vee-dub's heater may have made that car a poor choice, however that would have just been the latest in a series of questionable decisions made by the pair.
Despite a storied past, all good things must come to an end, and in 1979 the Beetle was discontinued for the American market. The last year for the air-cooled anachronism brought forth many speculators who tagged and bagged the most desirable convertible models, and then went on to sit on their investment until economic climes, or failure to pay prolonged storage costs, warranted sale.
Such is the case with this PM-yellow Beetle, which has been squirreled away in the Southern California dealership, Zepper Motors, ever since rolling off the boat back during the Carter administration. Never registered, and only moved to make way for expanded inventories and dealership relocations, this drop top has amassed a grand total of 8 miles. Now, Beetles aren't known for being immensely enjoyable to drive, but still, being able to put the top down on a sunny day can make up for a whole host of sins, and you'd think somebody would have thought to take this car out and keep it exercised? That would have kept the seals from shriveling and the fluids from corrupting, but apparently a time-capsule odometer was of greater value.
Gauging from the pictures, the last 30 years have not been too kind to the little Volkswagen because of that neglect. The top, tires and rubber running boards appear to have whiled away the decades by giving up their pliability, and the brightwork has been rendered dull and pitted. The fiberboard and molded plastic dash is in good shape, however - as is the rest of the beige and black interior - meaning you could concentrate on the issues with the exterior and mechanicals, should you chose to make it right.
So there's some good and bad to this incredibly low mileage Beetle, and now it's time for you to decide which side of the apple tree that asking price falls. $35,000 is not chump change, and there's the lingering question whether the low mileage may be to the car's detriment. What do you think, is $35,000 for an 8-mile Beetle a Nice Price? Or is that more Crack than you'll see in the sidewalls of those 30-year old tires?
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