Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Subaru Boxer Power: 1974 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

The Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle is a famously cheap car to drive around...mostly because the engineering is simple, parts are cheap, and everything is fixable by a DIY mechanic.  Throw that all away with this next Beetle because it is powered by a watercooled Subaru 4-banger.  Find this 1974 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle offered for $7,500 near Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1974 volkswagen beetle
VIN: 1342689800
condition: excellent
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 612
paint color: black
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: sedan
I have a 74 VW bug with a 2.5 Subaru motor in it. Comes with good tires and new shocks and lowered struts. Has awesome seats. Has a monster tach, water temp and oil pressure gauges. Led lights up front and in the rear. New clutch and pressure plate. Has tall forth gear for highway speeds. Yes the door handles are shaved. Extra battery up front. Electric window washer. Nice amped stereo system. New carpet and door panels. Porsche wheels. Disc brakes on all four wheels. Solid car and fast! $7500 or best offer. Make an offer.

 See a better way to drive an old Bug?


  1. I once bought Somebody Else's Project (SEP) and lived to really, really regret doing so. I flew out from Austin to New Jersey to check out a K20a swapped Honda Insight and really didn't like the hack job and rats nest of wiring that I found, but I ignored all the alarm bells and bought it rather than go home disappointed. Thousands and thousands of dollars later I'd mostly corrected the garbage car I'd purchased. Never again. Anyone buying this better really scrutinize it and be prepared to turn wrenches anyway.

    Also: those rat rod tail lights on a VW ... blecch! The rest of it I'm kinda digging.

  2. @David Sanborn, you are not alone. fell into the same trap after I drove from Norcal to Phoenix w/a trailer to look at a 'restored' rare motorcycle. Condition was not as represented but after the drive well, after a couple years and a lot of sweat equity I sold it w/o losing money I had put into parts.

    1. Once burned, twice shy. I've seen a lot of apparently good deals since then on project cars and haven't had the nerve to pull the trigger again.

  3. " I like big butts I cannot lie "


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