21,645 Original Miles

 

Manual Transmission
97ci Flat 4
60 hp @ 4400 rpm*
72 lb/ft torque @ 3000 rpm*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 16.1 seconds
Top Speed: 81 MPH
*Base Price in 1972: $2,159

 

*Seller Asking:

$6,850

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Fast Facts:

  • 1972 is the year the Beetle broke the sales record (previously set by the Model T) when the 15,007,034th model left the factory
  • VW heavily marketed the stringent testing they put the Beetle through to promote high build quality and long term reliability. For example, the windows are rolled up and down 35,000 times to ensure repeatable, problem free operation, and “to make sure they’ll roll down another 35,000 times”
  • The seats are weighted down 1 million times with 110lb weights to ensure they won’t deform and become uncomfortable over time
  • VW also had an inspector at the factory who performed spot checks on the paint with a tool called a “lektroscope”. This was an early ancestor to the modern paint thickness gauge, and it ensured the paint quality was uniform throughout the entire finish
  • The Super Beetle, which came out in 1971, was 2 inches longer than the standard Beetle and featured MacPherson strut suspension (vs the standard’s torsion bar setup) as well as increased luggage space. A quick way to tell a Super Beetle from a standard Beetle is to look at the spare tire. If it’s standing up (like this car) it is a standard Beetle (the tire lays completely flat in the Super)
Key Model Year Changes:

  • Now features 4 air inlets on the rear engine hood (vs the previous year’s 2 inlets). This was done to improve engine cooling
  • Exhaust valve seats re-designed to accept lead-free gasoline
  • Back window was enlarged by 11%
  • Windshield wiper/washer lever added to the steering column, for easy reach
  • A baffle was added to the gas tank to eliminate fuel sloshing
  • Axles now feature “full floater” bearings, to reduce road noise
  • One way valves were added to protect rear occupants from drafts
  • New “crash pot” style steering wheel for increased driver safety

Seller Notes:

  • 21k original miles
  • One owner. Grandma’s car
  • Original paint. Never wrecked
  • Was put away 15 years ago
  • Fuel system Redone and runs fine

 

  • Location: Portland, Oregon – (more photos below)
  • UPDATE: ad is no longer available (sold or expired)
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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output
*Performance numbers pulled from reputable automotive road tests
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it
*Advertised price at time of posting. Sellers can raise or lower prices on their original ad at any time. Click on the original ad to view current price/availability

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