1968 Volkswagen Beetle Sedan
Sold For $33,600Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 17 - 18 JANUARY 2019 - Offered on Thursday
- Stunning, comprehensive concours-quality restoration
- Driven only 100 miles since completion
- The 20th century’s most iconic design
The Volkswagen Beetle was immensely popular in the 1960s and with that in mind, the factory made only minor but important changes to the 1967 models. Improvements included a larger and more powerful 1,493-cc, flat-four engine rated at 53 hp, as well as dual circuit brakes, backup lights, locking door buttons, and perhaps most welcome of all, a new 12-volt electrical system replacing the dated 6-volt system. These factory upgrades carried over to the 1968 model, making this Beetle safer and more user friendly than previous years.
This charming, rust-free original Arizona example was subject to a no-expense-spared, full rotisserie restoration lovingly commissioned by the car’s original owner, in an effort to make it as perfect as possible. This was his very first car and he was passionate about it, so cost was no object. The paint and body work, performed by Becker Automotive Restorations in Tempe, Arizona, was done at a cost of over $60,000. Truly a labor of love, the restoration quality, fit and finish, authenticity, and thoroughness must be seen to be believed. Every mechanical component has been expertly rebuilt and highly detailed to perfection, including the original, numbers-matching engine rebuilt by noted Porsche and German car specialist, Beck’s European in Scottsdale, Arizona. The undercarriage, floor pans, and suspension system appear better than new. The restoration is spectacular and done to factory specifications.
Properly stored and driven only test miles since restoration, the current owner states that approximately $140,000 was spent on the restoration and reports that the Beetle runs wonderfully and is an absolute pleasure to drive. This exceptional, classic Volkswagen is the perfect choice for concours, club events, or for the discriminating Volkswagen enthusiast seeking the very best Beetle available of this vintage.