1969 Beetle – For sale

This bug appeared along my commuting route a few weeks ago.  She sits for sale among a few other classic, though domestic, rides in the yard of a local auto repair facility.  I finally had a time to stop last week to check it out.  From the information provided, this is a “ground-up restoration”.  Although I did not have time for a more detailed investigation, the bodywork appears to be of good quality, the interior very-well done, and everything in/on the engine sparkles. See for yourself below!  Alas, at $20,000 she will not be seen in my garage.

Looking good, but not a stock ’69. The front fenders and headlights are pre-67 style. She’s been dropped and sits on a narrow front beam. Upgraded to Porsche disk brakes as well.

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VW sighting- hightop

Today’s activities including visiting our county’s fine arts festival.  The first day to hit a high of 80 degrees F, it was no wonder we encountered many motorcycles and old cars out on the road.  The road upon which we headed home after the festival traveled under the main highway before meeting the entrance ramp.  The ramp followed an incline up to meet the highway and as we progressed up the hill, I noticed the distinctive hightop of a VW bus.  Martha (who was driving at the time) did an excellent job of maneuvering into position for a few pictures.  Turns out to be an interesting bus.  It is an early bay (68-70 based on the hubcap and side reflector styles) hightop camper – at least at first glance.  The chrome trim on around the middle screams deluxe transporter.  Upon further investigation of my pictures, I could not find the electrical hookup connection typical of VW campers.  After a quick search of internet photos showed every hightop camper to have the hookup (and no chrome trim), I am thinking this is a DIY deluxe sunroof to hightop conversion.

hightop (1)

I’m digging the flowers 🙂

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No sign of the electrical hookups on the driver side.  The caution signs surrounding the phrase “Slow moving vehicle”.

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Parting shot

Steely Van

We traveled north to visit Monica and her family in Philadelphia, Pa last month.  While there, we decided to tour Eastern State Penitentiary, an old prison built ca. 1820 that housed some very well-known criminals in its day (I fully recommend checking it out if you find yourself in Philly – great tour, great stories, great architecture).  On the drive over, my son yells out “Papa, do you see the bus?”  Turns out he was the only one who managed to identify the top corner of a bus peaking out from behind a parked truck.  Unfortunately, we were not able to stop and investigate why there was a bus parked up on the sidewalk at the time, but, as luck would have it, Monica’s brother ended up walking his commute that week.  He graciously agreed to stop and check out why the bus was parked up on the sidewalk in front of the National Museum of American Jewish History. Continue reading

71 Super along the road – for sale

Martha discovered this beetle for sale after our trip to Assateague, but before leaving for North Carolina.  I did not get a chance to visit until today; luckily for me no one bought it while we were away.  The owner was not around so I could not investigate all the details for the bug.  Overall it looks like a great beetle, most likely repainted at some point, but the roof has some worn paint that does not conform to the condition of the paint on the rest of the car. It could be an older paint job or perhaps they only painted portions of the bug and matched the color really well. The interior appears to be solid, but the car was locked so I could not verify any reupholstering.  No major rust, at least on the body – unknown pan condition, but I would think they are in good shape or replaced based on the overall Continue reading

VWs sightings!

Alas, not by me.  The following beautiful examples of classic dubs were relayed to me from New Jersey.  Thanks Tom.

Lowered Thing found in Maryland.  Lowering a Things seems counterproductive to me, but to each his own,

Lowered Thing found in Maryland. Lowering a Things seems counterproductive to me, but to each his own,

'65-67 split sneaking up from behind in NJ.

’65-67 split sneaking up from behind in NJ.

VW show in Flanders NJ.  Really wish I could have made that one!

All Air-cooled Gathering VW show in Flanders NJ. This year’s theme was Things. Really wish I could have made that one!

Tom is currently busless, which might explain this shot from the Flanders show.  But then again, I think owning a bus (or several) probably wouldn't have changed this.

Tom is currently busless, which might explain this shot from the Flanders show. But then again, I think owning a bus (or several) probably wouldn’t have changed this.

Stalking a bus (not in the creepy way)

While driving down our local road on my way to work one day, a few months after we became a bus family again, I noticed the distinctive bumper and tail-lights of a bus peeking out from under the partially raised garage door of a home uphill from the highway.  I wondered why I had not noticed its presence before as I pass by this house at least twice a day during my commute or any other sojourn towards civilization, but I guess acquiring a bus activated my long dormant bus-radar.  Since that time, Continue reading