Pick of the Day: 1965 Volkswagen Beetle

The 1965 Volkswagen Beetle has just 22,553 miles on its odometer
The 1965 Volkswagen Beetle has just 22,553 miles on its odometer

Volkswagen Beetles could be the most common of all collector cars (well, Ford Mustangs might be close), with loads of avid VeeDub enthusiasts, clubs and events. Beetles appeal to young hobbyists for the simplicity of their classic design, easy repair and low cost, as well as their vast customization possibilities.

Too bad the great majority of them were used up and discarded and allowed to rust away rather than being preserved. Which is what makes the Pick of the Day such a great find: a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle in apparently immaculate original condition with just over 22,000 miles on its odometer. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Air-Cooled Arizona unites VW, Porsche adherents

A nicely decked-out Volkswagen Karman-Ghia nestled alongside a Porsche 911 ‘outlaw’ | Bob Golfen photos
A nicely decked-out Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia nestled alongside a Porsche 911 ‘outlaw’ | Bob Golfen photos

Air-cooled cars are mostly things of the past, but there are some vintage ones from Germany that are among the most popular of all collector cars: Volkswagens and Porsches.

Phoenix collector Erik Black tinkers with both rear-engine VWs and older Porsches. He belongs to clubs and goes to events that generally break down into either VW people or Porsche people, but rarely both. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1963 Volkswagen Type 3 notchback

This 1963 Volkswagen Type 3 notchback appears well-restored and customized
This 1963 Volkswagen Type 3 notchback appears well-restored and customized

Among Volkswagen enthusiasts, the Type 3 notchback has an unmistakable mystique. Rare survivors are highly sought after, especially on the West Coast, mainly because the classic shape makes such a perfect template for a cool custom Vee Dub.

The 1963 VW Type 3 notchback offered for sale by a dealer in Laguna Beach, California, naturally, is all done and ready to show and drive, according to its listing on ClassicCars.com. Hunkered down over correct-looking custom wheels and treated to a gleaming silver paint job, the notchback is a rust-free western car, the seller says, that performs as well as it looks. Continue reading

Driven: 2015 Volkswagen Beetle convertible, Golf SportWagen

The latest VW Beetle convertible received a fresh new look with less overt cuteness | Bob Golfen
The latest VW Beetle convertible received a fresh new look with less overt cuteness | Bob Golfen

Two very different sorts of Volkswagens parked in my driveway recently, one for pleasure and one for practicality. But what they had in common was that each demonstrated how much VW has upped its game and raised its latest generation of cars to a new level of refinement.

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Pick of the Day: 1957 Volkswagen Beetle

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Of all the classic cars choices out there, few are as easy and fun to drive, enjoy, and maintain on a daily basis than the Volkswagen Beetle. Because of these facts we are hard pressed to think of a better way to enter the classic car world than the classic VW Beetle. Continue reading

Supercars star at Russo and Steele in Newport Beach

The Porsche Carrera GT on the block at the Newport Beach auction | Russo and Steele
The Porsche Carrera GT on the block at the Newport Beach auction | Russo and Steele

Three modern supercars from three different continents led the bidding at Russo and Steele’s third annual Newport Beach auction, which reported a 71 percent jump in total sales compared with year-ago figures.

In preliminary results, the auction reported sales of $7.2 million, which is $3 million more than the total for the 2014 event. Continue reading

Still groovy, the VW microbus turns 65

This excellent 1963 VW bus set the bar when it sold in 2011 for $217,800 at Barrett-Jackson | Bob Golfen
This excellent 1963 VW bus set the bar when it sold in 2011 for $217,800 at Barrett-Jackson | Bob Golfen

Like the hippies who loved them and raised them to cult-like status during the 1960s, the VW microbus has become a senior citizen. This month, the Volkswagen Type 2 turned 65. Continue reading

Pick of the Week: 1975 VW Super Beetle

Soft-drink brand Sprite had car built for promotional tour
Soft-drink brand Sprite had car built for promotional tour

You may not earn an invitation to Amelia Island or other major concours d’elegance with this Pick of the Week, but you certainly would be a hit at a Concours d’LeMons, and a real slam dunk during March Madness. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Jose’s 1962 Volkswagen Beetle

The 1962 Beetle | Jose Olivencia photos
The 1962 Beetle | Jose Olivencia photo

My first car was a 1953 Volkswagen Beetle (6-volt) that my father bought me when I was 20 years old. I enjoyed my time driving that small car. I liked it so much that my next car was a 1966 Beetle, which was my favorite.

The car came with a 1600-cc engine but a friend and I installed a 1974 1750-cc version with a racing clutch, pistons, etc., and I really enjoyed driving that small car.

I also have had a 1969 Beetle and 1972 and 1975 Super Beetles.

Amy and 'her' car
Amy and ‘her’ car

About a year ago I bought a 1962 VW Beetle for my 3-year-old daughter. Why? Because I remember my father buying my first car and I wanted to keep that memory and pass it on to my daughter.

My father passed away in 1977, but he is still in my heart forever.

— Jose Olivencia Jr, Antioch TN