1972 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Classic Drop Top
1972 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
-1300cc 4 Cylinder
-4 Speed Manual Transmission
-Green Over Black Interior
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“Volkswagen's Beetle is one of the oldest nameplates in automotive history still in use today.” – Car and Driver, December 2015
Domantis Magazine's “Beginner's Guide to VW Beetle Species” summarized the development of the early seventies Super Beetle: “For a long time in the US, the Beetle was an obvious choice if somebody wanted a compact and economical car. But by the 1970s, the VW Beetle was facing fierce competition in the compact car market from other European and Japanese automakers. In comparison, the Beetle was cramped and uncomfortable. VW addressed the problem by redesigning the car's front end – it was increased in size and the antiquated torsion bar front suspension made way for coil spring suspension. Released in in 1971, the revised model was dubbed Super Beetle in the USA and 1302 in the rest of the world. These tweaks increased passenger comfort and almost doubled the size of the frunk….”
Offered here is a refreshed and lightly modified 1972 Beetle Convertible wearing professionally applied bright green pearlescent paint over a classic black interior. The bug has traveled just 37,894 miles since new, or fewer than 800 miles per-year on average.
The exterior pearlescent paint (which continues across the interior dashboard) suits the Beetle well offering a contemporary update to its iconic good looks. Together with the nerf-style front and rear bumperettes, the impression is classic with a twist (of lime, perhaps). The paintwork was flawlessly executed and properly cared for; there are no obvious imperfections. The combination of the pearlescent color and the curvy Beetle shape results in a presentation that nicely showcases the depth and character of the color. Body trim was removed for the repainting and re-installed properly. All chrome trim and badging shines beautifully, as do the VW-branded hubcaps and twin tailpipes. The black fabric convertible top (and boot) have been properly maintained.
The car's interior features high-back front buckets and rear bench seat upholstered in black textured vinyl. Black door trim, floors, and dashboard combine for a very Teutonic look. The Wolfsburg-castle-embossed black steering wheel frames the characteristically simple VW gauges on the green, body-colored background. No radio is mounted in the factory location; the new owner is free to add a period-look unit or a more current audio head unit. The car's front trunk (frunk) is clean and tidy with a spare in place. VIN and original build tags remain mounted in their proper factory locations.
In the rear, the original 1302cc engine is complete and properly installed. There are no modifications. The engine bay is clean and orderly. Viewed from below, the car's chassis is complete with no evidence of damage as might be the case from too-aggressive driving styles. Light surface rust consistent with age can be seen on untreated metal surfaces, but there are no indications of body-panel rust.
While the more than 150 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this Beetle convertible in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
VW Beetle owners are a loyal, passionate, and friendly group. They celebrate every aspect and every variant of this iconic automobile. VW clubs abound, parts availability is excellent, and servicing—including owner maintenance—is uncomplicated. Taken together, these Beetles make for an ideal classic-car ownership experience, as this lovely green car's next owner is about to find out.