COMMON.GEAR/Shoreline Antique Auto Connection Webmaster's Car:
1968 Volkswagen Bug For Sale*
Located in Stony Creek, Connecticut
* = THIS CAR IS NOW ON DEPOSIT AS OF 7/22/2009 - THANKS AGAIN FOR EVERYONE'S INTEREST!
(this page new as of 7/17/2009)

NEW: Questions and Answers - As I'm able, and as it may seem appropriate, I'll post some questions I've received, along with my answers to them. No harm in getting more info out there...

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The information presented here is reasonable and accurate to the best of my abilities. Car is being offered "AS IS," with no warrantee whatsoever.

(Back to COMMON.GEAR Main Page)  |  (Back to Shoreline Antique Auto Connection Main Page)


SAAC/CommonGear Webmaster's 1968 Bug For Sale - April '09 imageIt's Time To Move On... I've decided it's time to sell my trusty 1968 Volkswagen Bug, with the eye toward creating a space in my garage for something new. This car has served me very well as a summertime driver for the past 10 or so years, and it's always been a very capable and reliable driver. The history is that it was rescued out of S&R junkyard (Branford, CT) with a blown engine by my brother-in-law back in the '80s--and before that it has California history (was sold new in Vallejo, CA), so the theory is that it was driven across by a Yale student, who scrapped it upon blowing the engine in New Haven. It is not a show car, and has many rough edges, but it is also remarkably solid and un-rusted (undoubtedly helped by my not driving it in winters-no salt exposure). 4-speed manual transmission, 1500cc single port engine (professionally rebuilt summer of '08), honest 30mpg's. Last year for the rugged swing axle rear suspension. Pop-out rear side windows. New master cylinder summer of '09. Recently refinished Porsche 914 "hubcap" wheels @ 5.5" wide, with cool vintage Michelin "MXL" low profile radials (set of stock narrow wheels with four nearly-new Michelin snow tires also available @ extra charge). Enthusiast-owned, great commuter car, lots of fun. $3,000 or best offer. No time-wasters or tire-kickers please. Contact Steve at CommonGear@aol.com and/or c/o Shoreline Antique Auto Connection, Box 3353, Stony Creek, CT 06405.

The car should not be misconstrued, however, as being "show quality"--*nowhere near it*--plenty of rough edges, and a few minor quirks, like dead gas gauge, non-cancelling turn signal switch (has to be manually deactivated after a turn is made), and an auxiliary horn button under the dash (since the horn button on the steering wheel doesn't work), but it is mechanically very good, with a freshly rebuilt engine as of last summer, a transmission that shifts well and isn't noisy, and good brakes, with a brand new master cylinder. Other recent new parts: steering damper, left rear wheel cylinder, rubber brake hoses. Very recent full brake fluid flush & bleed (necessary when I installed the new master cylinder), plus brake shoe adjustment at all four wheels.

I do not have a spare tire to go with this car--I will throw in an excellent condition stock '68-era road wheel (4" wide, and uses same hub cap as the ones shown in the pictures on this page), but you will have to get your own tire for it.

The body is also very solid and remarkably non-rusted, which is pretty rare for a Bug of this vintage.

In summary, it's a good, basic old car, capable of reasonable highway speeds, and gets decent gas mileage. A dependable, cute, antique--but remember you are NOT buying a new vehicle.

I envision the ideal buyer as someone like me, who would like to have a cool-looking, solid, old VW Bug to drive dependably "anywhere," and not worry about.

I feel the asking price is fair for the above reasons. Thanks for looking! Any questions, please e-mail me at CommonGear@aol.com - I generally am able to get to my e-mails in the evenings. I am also selling it “As Is”--final sale. If you have any questions or would like to see the car in person please contact me by e-mailing me. I will not send 80 pictures from all angles of the car--if you are that curious please just come see it in person. This car has current, 100% up-to-date Connecticut registration, and the registration certificate of which would serve as a bill of sale. Please also note that Connecticut does not issue titles for antique cars.

Questions and Answers

Someone reportedly from NJ asked me these questions (I must admit that I am a little worried about a person driving all the way from NJ thinking this car is something better than it actually is--the scenario I am seeking to avoid is: "I drove all the way from New Jersey to see THIS?!"):

"Is this still available?? Has any body panels been repaired or replaced? Is the paint original?? Do you believe it was ever in an accident?? Not looking for a show car by any means, but a good, solid rust free vehicle."

My response:

"Car is still availble... I've gone through at least two rear engine lids that have had to be replaced due to rear-end collisions from inattentive drivers (I also have another spare one that I keep as a "good luck charm")... There is associated damage underneath the lid on the edge of the engine compartment opening and on the rear apron that isn't too noticable (last rear-ender was fairly severe, and impacted the distributor hard enough to crack the distributor housing--it was a cheap aluminum 009, but still, it was a pretty hard hit), and also frankly beyond my ability to deal with (I am *not* a body man), so I've never worried about it... Amateur repaint of the lid that's currently on there also--along with the rest of the body, plus plenty of touch-up spots, various dings and dents, etc... I really don't want you to get too excited about this--the car has a *TON* of flaws--but is a basically very solid driver."

Here now are a few pictures of the subject 1968 VW Bug that is being offered for sale--all are from this year. I'll add some descriptions where it may seem appropritae or necessary...

SAAC/CommonGear Webmaster's 1968 Bug For Sale - May '09 image

 

SAAC/CommonGear Webmaster's 1968 Bug For Sale - April '09 image

SAAC/CommonGear Webmaster's 1968 Bug For Sale - April '09 image

SAAC/CommonGear Webmaster's 1968 Bug For Sale - June '09 image

IMAGES BELOW: The roof rack shown on the car in this image is a Flat-4 (Japanese repro) wood-slat roof rack, which, for me worked well for "all-around" type use, not to mention adding a cool "vintage look" to the car. While it is NOT being offered as part of the sale of this car, if you are interested in acquiring it with the car, terms can be discussed.

SAAC/CommonGear Webmaster's 1968 Bug For Sale - April '09 image

SAAC/CommonGear Webmaster's 1968 Bug For Sale - April '09 image

SAAC/CommonGear Webmaster's 1968 Bug For Sale - April '09 image

SAAC/CommonGear Webmaster's 1968 Bug For Sale - April '09 image

BELOW: Bone-stock, 100% appropriate 1500cc single port engine, professionally rebuilt in the summer of 2008, runs like an absolute top, and gets me 30 mpg's in my daily commuting. It has a '67 style air cleaner setup, which may be appropriate, since the car was built in September of '67 (but is a '68 model of course).

SAAC/CommonGear Webmaster's 1968 Bug For Sale - July '09 image

SAAC/CommonGear Webmaster's 1968 Bug For Sale - July '09 image

BELOW: Finally, the interior--not pretty, I know, but functional. The original wide-headrest '68 front seats were replaced by me with '67 low-back seats. The seat covers are just some plain old slip-ons. All carpeting has been removed, which I know, creates a visual penalty, but, hey, it's something you can do to upgrade and personalize it, if you wish. You will have a very solid basis to start with.

SAAC/CommonGear Webmaster's 1968 Bug For Sale - July '09 image


(Back to COMMON.GEAR Main Page)  |  (Back to Shoreline Antique Auto Connection Main Page)