1969 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe
1969 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe
Bela Barenyi, an 18 year old Hungarian student, submitted a chassis design for a “Volkswagen” in 1925 and is recognized as designing the basic VW Beetle. Ferdinand Porsche, an Austrian automotive engineer, created the Volkswagen Beetle after receiving a contract from Hitler in 1934 for prototypes. The Beetle's air-cooled flat 4 engine was designed by Franz Reimspeiss not Ferdinand Porsche. Even with 20 plus million being built to date, he received less than twenty dollars for his work.
We proudly have bugs here at the Classic Auto Mall! No, not the kind that makes you itch or the kind you swat, but the type built in Germany by the millions and that have invaded countries around the world. For consignment, a VW Beetle with more custom touches than there are cicadas in South Eastern PA. A full on brood of paperwork and photos that document the entire restoration, from the litany of Porsche parts used in this build to the painstaking attention to detail in each and every part. Nothing has been overlooked here and this Beetle won't have you swatting anything but the hoards and hoards of onlookers admiring your ride.
Lauren Green covers the laser straight panels on this bug. All gaps are well minded, and the curvature of the rounded fenders is flawless. While the non-integrated fenders, a design which dates back to the 1920's, are still present, they are now attached front and rear by billet aluminum running boards. The factory chrome bumpers have been replaced by billet aluminum bumpers, a very nice touch. A Laurel Green metal sunroof resides up top, all glass and trimmings are near perfect. The front and rear lighting has been replaced by 1959 pieces for a smoother look. 15" and 17" Chrome Fuchs Porsche wheels adorn all 4 corners and are wrapped in like new staggered size rubber, 195/65R15 on the front and 225/50R17 for the rear. Nothing to fly off the handle about here.
A press of a button on the remote and the driver's door swung open, but low and behold it has been reverse hinged, suicided if you will. Saddle door panels with a shallow horizontal tuck and roll pattern greet us. This pattern is broken up by a stainless strip that even curves around the armrest. A shiny chrome door release and a snazzy drilled window crank are the only other deviations from the supple Saddle vinyl. This same Saddle follows along into the cabin as a pair of bucket seats with a vertical tuck and roll pattern float above a sea of beige carpet. An EMPI shifter rises from between the seats and is comfortably within reach of the driver. The rear bench seat, which emulates the buckets in design and material appear to never have been sat in and pop out rear windows give extra ventilation on those rides to the beach. A huge shout out to the Porsche seat belts for both front and rear seat passengers. A polished 3 spoke wood rimmed Porsche steering wheel fronts the stamped steel Laurel Green dashboard. Round chrome trimmed Porsche gauges provide the driver with all necessary engine feedback. We open the glovebox to find a hidden surprise...a Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo to drown out the buzzing of the bees.
Opening the hood, we were blinded by the bling going on in the engine bay. A mirrored panel sits below and gives a great view of the 1600cc flat 4-cylinder engine which was just tuned up in May of 2021. Everything on the engine is either polished, black or a natural aluminum finish and clean enough to eat off of. A 4-speed manual transmission is attached to the engine and sends power to the tires via a 4.210 final drive ratio. Just the sight of this mechanical masterpiece puts butterflies in my stomach.
Showing minimal to no wear and only minor traces of road dirt down here. No rust to speak of in any form, it was all handled during the restoration. Disc brakes have been added to all four corners for superior stopping power. Independent suspension with transverse torsion bars are up front while a swing arm independent suspension is on the rear. Dual exhaust feeds a single muffler then out a dual set of tail pipes. The only thing we note is the passenger side heater channel hose is missing, maybe carried off by a Polyphemus Moth?
I love getting to drive European cars of yore and this car did not disappoint. A turn of the key and I was met with those exhaust sounds that only can be heard from an older VW. The car ran swimmingly, shifted effortlessly, handled corners competently, and came to a halt fast enough to give change thanks to the 4-wheel disc brakes. I was happier than ants at a country picnic after this drive!
A full-on bolt off restoration and customization with no stone left unturned. A striking color combination and 1969 German engineering never looked so good. Based on past experience with Beetles you had better hurry over to the Classic Auto Mall to beat the swarms of people buzzing around this one.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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