Baby Blue Beauty
Under current ownership, this 1971 VW Super Beetle received a repaint in a pretty shade of light blue that looks to be a dead ringer for the factory Marina Blue available at the time. The owner notes the body is solid with no rust present.
It features chrome front and rear bumpers, with overriders and rubber inserts, as well as chrome on the head and tail lamp surrounds, mast antenna, driver-side mirror, front hood pull, and door handles. The car also retains its California blue plates.
The 15” steel wheels are fitted with chrome slotted hub caps and matching center caps with stamped VW logos. They are wrapped in new Classic All-Season tires sized 155/80 all around.
Out back, the crescent-shaped grilles behind the rear quarter windows allow for cabin ventilation to flow through. Dual reverse lights are mounted below the rear bumper along with a polished exhaust outlet that shows some surface corrosion.
Noted flaws include cracking on the front fender marker light gaskets, a sagging rubber insert section on the rear bumper, and minor chrome pitting on the rear bumper underside.
Simple is Best
The cabin was also overhauled under current ownership and features patterned black vinyl upholstery on the front buckets with integrated headrests and a rear bench seat. Condition of which looks to be very good.
The color extends to the door panels, with map pockets and window cranks, joined by the padded dashboard and carpeting, all of which show quite nicely. Cream-colored vinyl covers the B-pillar and extends into a perforated headliner, which shows some sagging on the lower rear driver-side.
Sporting a Wolfsburg crest and chrome horn ring, the thin-rimmed two-spoke steering wheel frames a remarkably complex gauge. It includes the 90-mph speedometer, odometer reading 87,825 miles, fuel level, and indicator lights for the turn signals, oil, high beams, and more.
Original switchgear is retained, as is the Sapphire IX AM/FM push-button radio and climate controls. In 1971, the ventilation system was upgraded with additional dashboard vents, 2-speed blower control, and a flow-through design that allowed air to exit the car behind the rear quarter windows.
Features include front vent windows, lap belts all around, all-season floor mats, under-dash storage tray, locking glove box, passenger grab strap and bar, VW-branded covers on the brake and clutch pedals, and rear window defroster.
Other highlights include the wonderfully skinny floor-mounted shifter with a shift pattern graphic on the dashboard. Door sills look to be in very good shape, matching the overall condition of the cabin of this 1971 Super Beetle.
The Air-Cooled Way
The original rear-mounted powertrain on this 1971 VW Super Beetle has been retained. It consists of an air-cooled 1.6L flat-four with twin-port cylinder heads. Hooked up to a four-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels, this motor made 60 hp when new.
A tidy engine bay is highlighted in the gallery along with an engine lid gasket that shows cracking along the right side. The current owner has gone through all the mechanicals and installed a new wiring harness, with the most recent service performed six months ago.
Located in Vallejo, California, this 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle has been under current ownership for the past five years. In that time, 3,000 of the original 87,828 miles have been added.
The owner purchased the car from an estate sale after the prior owner passed away. He then performed the overhaul you see here with fresh paint, revised cabin, new tires, and more.
It is an all-original example of an all-time classic that will never go out of style and looks poised to deliver another 50 years of driving smiles.