This 1972 Volkswagen Beetle has been modified in a Baja-style and was acquired by the seller in May 2020 as a partially-completed project. Work carried out by the previous owner included a “narrow-eye” front-end conversion, as well as the installation of fiberglass fender flares and a repaint in metallic blue. Power is supplied by a dual-port 1,776-cc flat-four equipped with dual Solex carburetors and mated to a four-speed manual transaxle. Additional equipment includes American Racing 15″ wheels, a coilover suspension, a ceramic-coated stinger exhaust, a Grant steering wheel, a Sony cassette stereo, and more as outlined below. The front ball joints, tie rods, bushings, and pushrod tubes were recently replaced. This Beetle is now offered at no reserve with an owner’s manual, build photos and documentation, spare parts, service records, and a clean Oregon title in the seller’s name.
The exterior was repainted in metallic blue with tri-color “Baja” decals and black-painted fiberglass fender flares. A “narrow-eye” front end conversion kit was added, along with tubular bumpers and side guards, and the driver’s side quarter panel was modified to house a jerry can. Close-up photos of the bodywork, details, and trim can be viewed in the image gallery below, and the seller notes that the front window weatherstripping is deteriorating.
American Racing 15″ polished wheels wear staggered-width BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires that show date codes from 2017 and 2018. New brake components were fitted during the work, along with coilover shocks. Recent servicing reportedly included refurbishment of the front suspension with replacement ball joints, tie rods, bushings, and sway bar end links.
The cabin features striped gray cloth seats from a Honda CRX, rubber floor mats, and square-weave carpets installed over Dynamat sound deadening material. Storage compartments have been fitted in place of the rear seats, and equipment includes a metallic-flake Grant steering wheel, an aluminum short-throw shifter, and an electric heater. The seller notes that the vent window knobs are missing and the cassette player is inoperable. Photos showing the floor pans with the carpets removed are provided in the gallery.
Instrumentation includes a 100-mph speedometer with an integrated fuel gauge and an 11k-rpm Mallory tachometer. The five-digit odometer shows 94k miles, approximately 650 of which have been added by the seller. True mileage is unknown.
The dual-port 1,776-cc flat-four features twin Solex 40/44 carburetors and is mated to a four-speed manual transaxle. The engine is equipped with a remote oil filter, and further modifications include Pertronix Ignitor ignition and Jaycee pushrod tubes. A cold-start video is viewable here.
Additional photos of the underside are provided in the gallery, along with images showing various stages of the build.
A walk-around video is presented above, while a driving video can be viewed below.