A fun-to-drive time machine from 1966
Totally restored from the pan up, nothing has gone wrong since restoration was completed.
It is a 1966 6 volt Deluxe (a deluxe had the chrome trim and interior floor carpeting) with a metal crank sunroof and pop-out side windows. It was restored to the original paint code (Sea Sand) and all worn components were replaced. The engine is a single port 1600 instead of the 1300, the transmission and swing axle are stock, the drum brakes are stock. It has a Sapphire IV AM/FM radio - also 6 volt. The interior roof liner was replaced and the seats were redone. It runs and drives like a new 66 Beetle, but the extra power of the 1600 lets it go 85 on the highway! The mileage is averaging 20-25 depending on how I use it. Following a semi-truck is an adventure as the VW is a light car and the wind wake from the truck really moves the Bug around - it's definitely a both hands on wheel moment! The interior is noisy at speed, but so was my 68 mustang.
It's fun to drive and I love it. There is nothing easier to fix and tune and diagnose faults on than an old Bug.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th July, 2007