1972 Volkswagen Beetle

$36,900

1972 Volkswagen Beetle
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Body Color
Orange
Stock
21GKM321
Vin
1122699632
Miles
5,590
Engine Size
1600cc 4-Cylinder
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Video coming soon
Body Color
Orange
Stock
21GKM321
Vin
1122699632
Miles
5,590
Engine Size
1600cc 4-Cylinder
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Video coming soon

Original Bug

Orange
Black
1600cc 4-Cylinder
4 Speed Manual

1972 Volkswagen Beetle

- 1600cc 4 Cylinder
- 4 Speed Manual Transmission
- 5,590 Original Miles
- Original Orange Paint Over Black Interior
- Original Owner Paperwork

(Please note: If you happen to be viewing this 1972 Volkswagen Beetle on a website other than our Garage Kept Motors site, it's possible that you've only seen some of our many photographs of the car due to third-party website limitations. To be sure you access all the more than 145 photographs, as well as a short start-up and walk-around video, please go to our main website: Garage Kept Motors.)

“... the world's best-selling car ever, and now it is probably the most usable real-world classic you can own.” Classic Motoring magazine, May 2011

Classic Motoring went on to opine about the Beetle's remarkable success: “Nobody can deny that the Volkswagen Beetle was a phenomenal success, but putting your finger on the exact reasons why is not simple. The original pre-war design brief for a car that was affordable to buy and run on modest means, could carry two adults and three children at 60mph (all day on the new autobahns), and return over 30mpg was laudable enough, but hardly revolutionary - a similar desire to provide transport for the masses had previously brought success to many manufacturers throughout the world, most spectacularly to Henry Ford with his Model T. Yet by 1972 Volkswagen's Beetle had outsold the Tin Lizzie and was well on its way to an astonishing total of 21,529,464 million units worldwide....”

Offered here is a virtually perfect 1972 example of the car that outsold every other in history. Originally sold new at Norm Burruss VW in Grand Rapids, this remarkably well-kept stock Beetle has the added distinction of showing just 5,590 miles on its odometer. (This is not a misprint.) The car's original window sticker is shown in the photo gallery.

To the untrained eye, many VW Beetles look alike. In truth, the cars were constantly updated, even in the middle of a production run. Wikipedia describes the contemporaneous improvements made in this car: “1972 models had an 11% larger rear window (40 mm [1.6 in] taller), and the convertible engine lid with four rows of louvers was now used on all Beetles. Inside the vehicle, a four-spoke energy-absorbing steering wheel was introduced, the windshield wiper/washer knob was replaced in favor of a steering column stalk, and intermittent wipers were a new option available in selected markets. An engine compartment socket for the proprietary VW Diagnosis system was also introduced. The rear luggage area was fitted with a folding parcel shelf.”

The exterior of this orange '72 Bug is as pristine and factory-original as one would expect for such a low-mileage car. The orange paint is uniformly glossy and smooth without signs of fading across the entire car. (To best assess the quality of the paint and chrome finish, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) Body-panel fit and alignment is virtually perfect, the result of manufacturing skills then still eluding American car makers. Chrome—including the hood trim, body trim, headlight, and windshield trim—is bright and free of even light patina. The same is true for the chrome dual exhaust outlets and the 15-inch styled steel-wheels with VW-logo center caps. (Four additional factory wheels are included in the sale.) Fresh Bridgestone® Ecopia 185/65 all-season tires are mounted. Cabin glass and all lighting lenses are clear and un-cracked. The angled “Volkswagen” rear-hood badge is properly located as it came from the factory.

Inside, black is the Teutonic color theme. The padded dash, textured-vinyl seating surfaces, door trim (with pleated pockets), carpeting, headliner and visors, steering wheel and controls, including the floor-mounted 4-speed shifter (with wood shift knob featuring the VW Wolfsburg logo emblem), are all in virtually perfect, as-new condition. In the only obvious variation from stock, woodgrain trim (likely dealer-installed) graces the dashboard. No radio is mounted. Across every surface, condition is original and unmarred. This is a true survivor Beetle.

Under the rear hood, the legendary 1600-cc flat-four engine exhibits the same level of originality and condition as the rest of the car. Similarly, the front trunk is spotless with the factory-installed low-pile carpeting still in place.

The car's factory identification and build tags remain in place. Its original window sticker, owner's manual, and a spare bumper are also included in the sale.

While the more than 145 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '72 Beetle 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.

At the end of his VW review, the Classic Motoring writer got a little nostalgic: “Having a Beetle was similar to walking a dog. People would see you and ask about it, only to soon reminisce about the time they or a friend drove a 'Bug.' It always brings a smile or two to recall a crazy road trip with a Beetle....”

Owning and enjoying any Beetle is an automotive experience every enthusiast should cherish. Owning a Beetle in virtually showroom-new condition some 49 years after it was manufactured in Germany, is a pleasure allowed to only a very fortunate few.

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