Okay, so the current VW Beetle is on the chopping block after 2019. That doesn't mean we can't revel in its history and take notice of a pristine 1964 Volkswagen Beetle with a scant 23 miles on the odometer, does it? That's exactly what's for sale in Portland, Oregon, and before you balk at the $1 million asking
The story behind this beauty is perhaps even more interesting than the car itself. A collector and mechanic by the name of Rudy Zvarich bought it as a spare car to have in case his 1957 Beetle crapped out on him. He didn't like the changes to the 1965 version, so he went out and nabbed a new 1964 model before the "undesirable" changes took place.
Word is that he called a Vancouver, Washington dealership and purchased one of the last 1964 models available in the area. He even had the prescience to bring his own battery to start the car so as not to activate the stock one. He drove it to his friends under cover of darkness, not registered the vehicle (nor was he planning to). He built his own storage space and moved it there after two years, where the Beetle sat there from 1966 until 2016. It had only been driven that low 22 miles in the process from dealership to storage and then to his own facility.
He drained all the fluids to keep it in
The original sticker price of $1,756.90 in 1964 is a pittance compared to what the asking price is today, but that hardly seems relevant since this car is easily the most perfect vintage Beetle in existence, and that counts for a lot when it comes to collectors. Even the car's battery has never been connected. The odometer read 22 when it was found and clicked over to 23 when the car was moved out of storage.
Everything about the car is perfect. It's never even been washed. There's the original manual, dealers sticker, toolkit, spare parts, and even the undercarriage is so clean, you could eat off of it (you'd have to turn the car upside down).
It's incredible that after all this time, not even the headliner is sagging. There isn't an imperfect aspect to this Beetle, at least from what we can tell. It's been so well-stored that our guess is that you could fill it up, put the fluids in, and it'd probably start right up.
Moreover, when the car was moved, it was carefully kept in its perfect condition. No wipers or hubcaps (included) were fitted on the car and remained boxed. A huge part of the car's appeal to collectors is its totally undisturbed condition. Rudy didn't even touch the car, it seems. It was bought, stored, and pretty much left alone.
You could probably scour the earth to find enough parts to build a vintage Beetle, but it would never be worth what this one is, considering that it was factory built, hardly driven, and as good today as the day it was built. There's no yellowing of control knobs, not even dust on any of the car as far as we can tell. It's remarkable that it pretty much went unchanged for over half a century.