Any opinions, experience buying classic VW Beetle


  #1  
Old 10-18-22, 09:07 AM
G
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Staten Island, New York
Posts: 211
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Any opinions, experience buying classic VW Beetle

I have available two 1974 VW Beetles for sale. Both in very good condition, excellent body and pans, heater channels replaced with verified low mies. One is the 4-speed manual trans and the other is the Autostick or Automatic Stick Shift transmission.
I see that many owners with the Autostick trans have converted their cars to Manual Trans. I am seeking opinions on which is the more desirable car.
Thanks for any input.
 
  #2  
Old 10-18-22, 09:34 AM
S
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: WI/MN
Posts: 20,214
Received 1,177 Likes on 1,135 Posts
I would not convert to sell them, only to drive if I wanted a manual and was buying the car for myself.
 
  #3  
Old 10-18-22, 12:07 PM
P
Group Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: NC, USA
Posts: 28,330
Received 1,627 Likes on 1,461 Posts
Keep the car as original as possible. Most of their value is as a collectible so any modification has a good chance of decreasing it's value. If someone really wants that transmission, let them make the switch cause I doubt you'll get your money back from the conversion.
 
  #4  
Old 10-18-22, 12:59 PM
Marq1's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA MI
Posts: 9,726
Received 996 Likes on 905 Posts
The auto stick was not a wildly popular option but as you noted it gets replaced often but that tends to be more due to part availability, when and/if repairs are needed rather than an all out performance issue.

I don't think I would use that as a deal breaker, the condition of the body/pan is primary.
 
  #5  
Old 10-19-22, 06:58 AM
G
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Staten Island, New York
Posts: 211
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thank you for the input. To me, all of the above is sound advice.
 
  #6  
Old 10-19-22, 07:17 AM
J
Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: usa
Posts: 230
Received 15 Likes on 13 Posts
If you are comfortable driving a stick shift that is likely the better choice. I know nothing about which has a better resale value. Those old VWs had small engines. I would not further burden it with an automatic. I suspect that is why many were converted from auto to stick shift.
 
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: