Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Targa Acquired? 1976 Volkswagen Beetle


For years the 911 Targa was a less desirable Porsche, purists despised it for the floppy chassis, questionable weather protection in the best of conditions, and awkward styling -- but with the recent revival of the Targa, it seems that they are cool now.  Hey, I can go with times, the kids like that Rock and/or Roll music, I'm hip, I can boogy, swing my hips -- but I can't afford 100 grand on a Porsche -- what about this 1976 Volkswagen Beetle Targa custom offered here on thesamba for $10,500 located in Anderson, SC. Tip from Rod444.


The thing that made the original 911 Targa unique was the silver or black painted roll-hoopesq accent piece directly behind the driver's head, and the window glass wrapped around -- so this Volkswagen is less a traditional Targa and more like one of those wacky Baur Targa conversions.


Apparently this isn't just the work of some hacksaw wielding garage dweller, but was a built as a promotional vehicle for VW of America and has less than 500 miles on the odo.  The seller shows a picture of a detailed spec sheet that includes some info on "Der Motor" but also includes the fun fact that this thing has spent the pass 33 years in a climate controlled aircraft hanger. 


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12 comments:

  1. '76? Not even a good year for a Beetle parts car.

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  2. Yeah, not a great year, but regardless, you couldn't build that car for anywhere close to that price. With the history, condition, low mileage, professional build, and bragging rights for being a Hot Rod Magazine cover car, I'd say this is a winner. A weird one that lacks an elegance in design, but still a winner. This would bring a lot of attention at any air-cooled VW show. A '76 convertible would be around the same price and this is by far more interesting... though awkward.

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  3. Lots of work went into this and is obviously well done but I cant get past the added length from the targa section. Too bad no pics were included with the targa top off and the fabric section down. It's essentially a new '76 Beetle and the price is fair considering this and the extensive metal work and more that has gone into the build. I wonder how the longer pan affects the drivability, I at one time looked at a beetle limo that was for sale and the seller told me it drove horribly but it was much longer than this with the 11" section this has.

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    1. It's an optical illusion - this isn't any longer than a stock Beetle. Look at the distance between the rear edge of the door and the front of the rear fender, and compare to a photo of a stock '76 vert. Oddly proportioned, yes. The 11" targa section they mention is welded in from the beltline up. The silver paint continuing down from there makes it look like a continuous section.

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    2. Actually, I don't see any statement that the floor pan was lengthened. The description only talks about widening all the fenders, and that the 11-inch Targa hoop was added, but I assume that was just for the roof. Did I miss it somewhere?

      The work on this looks to be of a very high quality. Even just as a nearly-new hotrod VW Super Beetle, the price is not out of line.

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    3. Wow, you're right...um wrong. Man I looked and looked and even made the wife look but didn't go so far as comparing with another pic! That silver stripe really throws off my eyes and I see a stretched pan. Knowing that it retains the original wheelbase I like it more but would have to paint the silver stripe yellow immediately if it were mine. I feel silly as I studied the picture extensively before my original comment.
      I agree that the build quality is top notch and the fender widening and frenching of lights looks very well done

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    4. Wow, you're right...um wrong. Man I looked and looked and even made the wife look but didn't go so far as comparing with another pic! That silver stripe really throws off my eyes and I see a stretched pan. Knowing that it retains the original wheelbase I like it more but would have to paint the silver stripe yellow immediately if it were mine. I feel silly as I studied the picture extensively before my original comment.
      I agree that the build quality is top notch and the fender widening and frenching of lights looks very well done

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    5. check this book match comparo - does it help? - i dunno

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/qDJvXeg.png[/img]

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  4. CFlo is right about it being an optical illusion. The absence of the rear quarter windows makes it look longer and more slab-sided.

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  5. I'm trying to picture this with Porsche Targa-style rear glass instead of the fold-away soft top. If you could ever get custom glass made for it, it might make a more finished design out of this. But it would probably cost a mint to have the glass made.

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  6. Neat concept and poor execution. Proportions are off. The car is kind-of split on half by the targa, instead of being a nice feature.

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  7. Trying to modernize the original Beetle shape is an exercise in futility (and I'm including VW's factory efforts like the Super Beetle in my evaluation here).

    It's a 1930s design, a very 1930s shape, and therefore "period correct" modifications tend to work the best in my humble opinion.

    e.g. the Volksrod theme. I would drive this one without so much as a second thought:

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/Irh1NbIl.jpg[/img]

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