Car of the Week, November 10th, 2011
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.
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