(This was initially the “for sale” page for this car. It has since been sold, but I felt that I could leave the page up so as to enjoy the memories)
The time has come! After having this fun little car in my driveway for the last 16 years, our upcoming move to Switzerland means that she needs to find a new home. I am sad to see the car go, but there is no real alternative. Therefore, I present to you, my 1971 VW Bug, Jodi. Long live the memories, and the car.
There a few things to keep in mind with this car: this is a West Coast car. That means that it is in pretty good shape for a car over 40 years old. But being over 40 years old also means that this car isn’t going to win any beauty pageants. But she’s tough, and looks tough, and will get attention as you toodle down streets and forest roads.
Here are some key points:
- I bought it in 1996 and put in fully rebuilt motor. That motor now has about 20K on it
- The frame is solid. No rust.
- The floor is solid except for three spots: under the battery and two small spots near the foot controls (these are, unfortunately, typical). All three spots have been solidly patched with aluminium plates and silicon sealant.
- The body is essentially rust-free (the car is over 40 years old, you have to give it some flexibility here). There are some dents, but nothing that would impair the use of the car.
- The seats are solid and not torn (and include front seat covers – no searing vinyl seats on a summer day)
- New tires all around (including full size spare)
- Recently tuned up (well, mileage-wise; I had it done while in California three years ago, but didn’t drive it much since then)
- New brake calipers/lines/fluid
- The sun roof does not leak!
- The heater boxes work!
- New headliner, ready to be installed
- There is no radio. It started smoking so I pulled it out
I never used this car as a “daily driver” because I always had a motorcycle. However, I never hesitated to drive friends around in it or take it up into the mountains above Leavenworth. Would I drive it across the country? After an oil change, yes. But I’d allow for a lot slower speeds, back roads and some enjoyable scenery. FWIW, when I drive it to work I take the highway and generally run it around 70-75mph. I don’t like to faster than that in it (although I’ve had it up to 86 on the I-90 floating bridge in Seattle)