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Car of the Week, November 10th, 2011

Sports Car Market has chosen Randy Best’s 1959 Volkswagen Beetle custom convertible as the Chubb Collector Car Insurance Car of the Week!


Odds are you’ve at least had a friend who owned a Volkswagen Beetle, if not owned one yourself. They’re among the most popular cars in the world, and one reason is the ease of customization. Randy has shaved the front turn signals on his 1959 convertible. He’s also lowered it to give it a more attractive stance. Perhaps best of all is an upgrade to a 1,776-cc engine. He doesn’t mention where the horsepower is now, but undoubtedly it’s improved over the 40hp these cars had initially.

Recent sales of 1954-67 Beetle convertibles have averaged $10k to $17k depending on condition and options. Upgrades can also have a positive impact in terms of value if they have been skillfully applied and are commonly done. By all appearances, Randy’s choices haven’t hurt the car’s stock.

Jeff Walker

About Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker is a Classic Car Insurance Specialist and financial services professional; As the son of a Drag-Racer and auto restorer, he was born with a wrench in his hand and learned the trade at an early age. His specialty is 60’s and 70’s American Muscle but his mechanical ability has afforded him the opportunity to work on all types of cars from Alfa-Romeos to Gullwings and everything in-between. Jeff is also a motorcycle fanatic and maintains his own stable of classic & collectible bikes. He is happiest when a car or motorcycle project is underway in his garage.

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