Friday, October 12, 2018

In 1964 a Volkswagen Beetle was bought new to be stored in case the owner needed to replace his 59 bug, as he felt the 64 was the pinnacle of bug design. Now with just 23 miles on the odometer, it has hit the open market at the asking price of $1 million


Purchased new at a Vancouver, Washington, in 1964, the Beetle was originally owned by Rudy Zvarich. At the time, he owned a 1957 Beetle and specifically sought the ’64 model to serve as a replacement whenever his beloved car died. He was also worried Volkswagen would ruin the car in future iterations.

Zvarich was so dedicated to preserving the ’64 that he drove it home using a separate battery. The original dry charge system has never been used. The car has not been licensed and the windshield wipers and hubcaps have never been attached and are still in the original box.


It remained under cover, raised on blocks and drained of fluids in Zvarich’s garage until 2016. It ws inherited by his nephew who owns a classic BMW and Mercedes Benz shop in Portland Oregon

As far as the price is concerned, when they brought it to the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance a couple of years ago, someone offered them $150,000, which would equal the highest price ever known to have been paid for a Beetle. They feel the unique quality of being the very first to use this cool old bug is going to cost someone a fortune... well at least until they get into a situation where they actually need money, as I have never seen anyone who needs money turn it down.

Until then, it's going to win awards at concours... because, it's still new. It's very doubtful anyone else will show up with a newer old car, or one restored that is better... than an unused original

https://journal.classiccars.com/2018/10/12/practically-brand-new-1964-volkswagen-beetle-priced-1-million/
https://www.foxnews.com/auto/volkswagen-beetle-not-driven-since-1964-on-sale-for-1000000

6 comments:

  1. Well, the way I see it, anyone who plops down $1,ooo,ooo for that Bug simply has more money than brains. Yes it's in pristine shape, but not a million dollars worth.

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  2. Incredible yes, rare yes. Worth one million dollars ....I don't think even close. I would be shocked if it fetched half of that. But that's just my opinion.

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    1. exactly. I believe they've just tossed that out there in case any stupid young billionaire wants to be the first owner of a time capsule bug. I admit, if I had ridiculous money, I'd buy it so I could drive a trouble free awesome vintage old VW. Not the coolest one, not the fanciest one, not even the rarest one with small back window and cool accessories, or once owned by John Lennon AND Bruce Lee... nope, I'd love to have a new late 50s early 60s bug!

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    2. I think they will not ever get an offer over 200k. Because, for 200k, you can make one this nice, will all new everything, and not give a damn that it wasn't assembled in 1964

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  3. I owned 2 or 3 '64 bugs. Paid $500 for them. That was in the '80's.

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    1. that was a fair price and the going rate. My grand dad had a couple, and I think that he sold them for 500 apiece in the early 80s.

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