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Re: 1964 Beetle listed in Hemmings for 1 million $ [Re: tomlct] #5065886 04/06/19 07:18 AM
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That is a better built car than most of the stuff on the road...

I’m shocked the basic manual transmission roll up window BITOG crowd isn’t already in a bidding war on it.


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Re: 1964 Beetle listed in Hemmings for 1 million $ [Re: tomlct] #5065922 04/06/19 08:05 AM
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I still have a 65 that I converted to 12 volts and put in a 1600 motor. Run it 65=75 all day on the interstate at that speed and tows easily behind the Class B camper. Mine has heat though. Heater channels not rusted out and the heater boxes are tight. End up turning the heat down. I don't drive it though when there is salt or slurry on the road or when it is rainy. It has been in our family for 35 years now. Payed for it several times over with insurance and license plates. Only takes 2 and 1/2 quarts of oil and it gets changed annually. Only use 30wt HD.


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Re: 1964 Beetle listed in Hemmings for 1 million $ [Re: Jarlaxle] #5065948 04/06/19 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Jarlaxle

Worst car ever sold in the United States...they did nothing well except "cute".


My mom had something worse-- a water cooled Renault Dauphine in college. The French had little metal, little manufacturing capacity and no hard currency after the war so they made really tinny cars and dumped them in the US for cheaper than the beetles.

Hers overheated every time she drove up a particular mountain, so she had a favorite pull off and added water. We wouldn't put up with our kids having to do this, these days.

When she graduated her dad got her a brand new bare-bones beetle. It was a step up.

Re: 1964 Beetle listed in Hemmings for 1 million $ [Re: Snagglefoot] #5066070 04/06/19 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Snagglefoot
Here’s a cheaper one.


Herbie, where have you been?


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Re: 1964 Beetle listed in Hemmings for 1 million $ [Re: tomlct] #5067898 04/08/19 07:14 AM
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Our new 67 Beetle was about 1600 dollars on the sticker...best car we ever had..no complaints.


For the price of 2 oil changes, you could have bought a bicycle used....and be free... 73 and
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Re: 1964 Beetle listed in Hemmings for 1 million $ [Re: tomlct] #5067904 04/08/19 07:17 AM
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coffee drive


For the price of 2 oil changes, you could have bought a bicycle used....and be free... 73 and
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Re: 1964 Beetle listed in Hemmings for 1 million $ [Re: vwmaniaman] #5067945 04/08/19 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by vwmaniaman
I still have a 65 that I converted to 12 volts and put in a 1600 motor. Run it 65=75 all day on the interstate at that speed and tows easily behind the Class B camper. Mine has heat though. Heater channels not rusted out and the heater boxes are tight. End up turning the heat down. I don't drive it though when there is salt or slurry on the road or when it is rainy. It has been in our family for 35 years now. Payed for it several times over with insurance and license plates. Only takes 2 and 1/2 quarts of oil and it gets changed annually. Only use 30wt HD.

I remember the 2 1/2 oil changes,,lol


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Re: 1964 Beetle listed in Hemmings for 1 million $ [Re: CourierDriver] #5068212 04/08/19 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by CourierDriver
I remember the 2 1/2 oil changes,,lol


Ah yes, and the "true" rock catcher oil screen, no oil filter. I bought a new 1972 standard Beetle for $1,995 grin2. Except for the emission control issues it was a real nice car. It was comfortable and well built, though heat and defrost in the NJ winter's was somewhat lacking to say the least LOL. It would run at 75 mph all day easily, if it wasn't too hilly grin. But the gas mileage was abysmal for a small car compared to today's small cars, it ran in the 18 mpg range usually shocked2. Our much heavier 2017 4X4 Explorer gets in the mid 20's mpg. Even my much more powerful 2.0L Zetec 1996 Ford Contour gets ~28 MPG around town and ~37 mpg on the highway. The only other real downside to the Beetle in my youth was it wasn't conducive to drive in movie romance fun, that's why I borrowed my father's 1966 Ford Custom 500 with a front bench seat LOL.

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I bought my first new car in 1972. I test drove 2 cars, the VW Sunbug and the Toyota Corolla 1.6 L with a 4 speed. The VW was tempting with the manually operated sunroof but I chose the Corolla. $2,200 new w/o AC and it was the upgraded 1.6L rather than the base 1.2L. It was head and shoulders above the VW in features and quality plus it was much faster than a VW!

Re: 1964 Beetle listed in Hemmings for 1 million $ [Re: Jarlaxle] #5068534 04/08/19 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Jarlaxle
Originally Posted by bullwinkle
6V electrical system, little/no heat, no A/C, top speed of 63 MPH on flat ground, dog slow & would get run over on the roads today. Also, no safety equipment, no engine in the front to protect in a head-on crash. Have I mentioned my first car was a '64 Beetle? I couldn't wait to get rid of it!

Worst car ever sold in the United States...they did nothing well except "cute".

Not so! The VW also did a fine job transporting Ted Bundy from crime scene to crime scene, across the country. Occasionally, it WAS the crime scene. . . One of his is even kept in a crime and punishment museum somewhere, I've heard. sick

Seriously though, there were certainly worse. The Reneault and Peugeot lines were particularly putrid, even in their "prime." The Beetle's really strong suit is (was?) it's rugged simplicity, which allowed it to descend gracefully into the old-cheap range while still running relatively well. Today's tight, clean, computerized cars can't do the same. I had a '69 for a couple years (79-80-ish), which had many issues (New England rust finally took it off the road), but ran well for me right up until it failed inspection for rust. . . The engine was strong, though. It was my first car; I liked it while I had it.


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Re: 1964 Beetle listed in Hemmings for 1 million $ [Re: tomlct] #5069289 04/09/19 11:37 AM
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Noisy,cold,hard riding in 1964 and the same today.

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