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- Seafoam Green
- Seller: streetsidenc
- Phone: 866-542-8392
Que bacana! Awesome VW Bugs have been around as long as there have been hotrods, and this drop-dead gorgeous 1968 Volkswagen Beetle Trocar Convertible is one of the coolest we've ever seen, with timeless vintage looks and a little restomod flair that's perfectly equipped it for the 21st Century. With a strong-running 1300cc engine, a quick-shifting 4-speed, a wicked stance, and all the charm that makes classic VWs so popular, this slick little 'Fusca' is a stunner that's lacking only one thing: a lucky new owner.
Initially, rotisserie restored to top standards by the professionals at the world-famous Trocar Antigos of Brazil; this bright Bug was recently refurbished again at Reborn Customs and Classics in South Carolina. It's pretty rare to find a VW Beetle that's been restored to a high level, but to find one that has essentially undergone two thorough restorations is unheard of, making this multi-national enterprise one of the unique vintage VWs we've ever seen. Trocar is a legendary shop known to all VW enthusiasts, and anyone unfamiliar should take a closer look at their website to get an idea of the quality of their work. In 2011, Trocar restored this Sea Foam Green Beetle (which incidentally was manufactured in 1968 at the San Bernardo Plant) to its usual high standards. This full-body restoration included underbody reinforcement, a rebuild of the convertible top augmented with Trocar's proprietary frame system, and a drivetrain overhaul. It was enjoyed for ten years, then imported into the US in 2021 and sent to Reborn Customs for refurbishment. Honestly, it would take a separate ad to completely list what that second 150+ labor-hour restoration entailed (call us for the full details). Still, the highlights include a total exterior refurbishment, engine disassembly and detailing, interior freshening, a new suspension, and a full underbody coating. We're only scratching the surface, but the work was comprehensive, and the results speak for themselves because this Beetle looks like a million bucks from any angle. It recently took home the "Best Workmanship" Award at the 2022 Raleigh Eurofest – which should tell you everything you need to know about this beauty. And although it's not a perfect showpiece (it's meant to be driven, not kept locked up in a museum), it's hands-down one of the nicest Beetles we've ever seen here at Streetside. The gorgeous finish is uniform, miles-deep, and very glossy. The bodywork is laser-straight, the doors shut flush, all the trim sparkles better than new, and even the soft top still looks like it just came off the cow (even though it's imitation leather). Neat accessories like the Wolfsburg badging, the Deutschland license plate up front, and those streamlined running boards complete with vinyl skid coverings add to the look, and with that raked stance, this beauty looks like it's going 80MPH just sitting still.
Much like the exterior, the interior was impeccably restored back-to-stock – finished in beautiful cream vinyl upholstery highlighted by the factory-style seat covers punctuated with gorgeous plaid inserts. Fresh-looking pleated door panels, a new set of cream carpets, and a beautifully painted dash that matches the exterior make it feel young again inside. The stock, ornate steering wheel is big enough to make the manual steering feel light and direct, which is by design, matches the exciting feel of the 4-speed shifter in the floor. The simple single gauge ahead of the driver offers speed and an odometer reading (which may very well represent the car's original mileage, although only 560 miles have been logged since the car was imported), while the fuel level is monitored by a separate gauge to the right, but precious little else is monitored as vintage VWs tend to be so reliable that keeping a constant eye on them isn't really necessary. Like most Beetles from the era, options are light, although you do get thick rubber floormats that protect the carpets below, seatbelts fore and aft, and an upgraded JVC AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit that handles the entertainment. Originally finished over a decade ago, the recently refurbished address has quite a bit inside, and with so few miles logged ever since, everything inside still looks, feels, and even smells like new. The back seat has likely never been used. In contrast, upfront, the trunk has been properly finished in matching carpets. It offers a full-sized spare tire and wheel assembly (protected by a carpeted cover with an embroidered Trocar logo).
The original 1300cc flat-four (aka the 1285cc) air-cooled engine lives under the deck lid, fully rebuilt in 2011 and then completely disassembled, detailed, resealed, painted, and reinstalled in 2021. During the engine's recent refreshing, it received a new electronic ignition, gaskets, spark plugs, and a carburetor overhaul, meaning it's running great today. A familiar air cleaner up top, a newer alternator making the spark, and a flashy chrome heat shield behind the block that keeps heat away from the cabin. Underneath you'll find the best evidence of the car's two restorations, with a presentation clean enough to eat off, right down to the repainted exhaust system. The close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission shifts better than any VW in our recent memory, and thanks to front disc brakes and a new adjustable front torsion beam suspension that sets that wicked stance, this Beetle handles like a dream. Flashy 17-inch five-spoke alloys add a modern flair and come wrapped in 195/40/17 front and 205/45/17 rear performance radials that finish the look perfectly.
"Over-restored" (twice) in the best possible way, this Fantastic Fusca is one of those rare classics that's loads better than the original. If you want the best, here it is. Call today!