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Saturday, June 11, 2016

You Can’t Help But Love This 1967 VW Beetle Pickup Truck Conversion


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Custom cars tend to get a lot of flak. One person’s perception of what’s “cool” typically doesn’t align universally with the rest of the world’s, which explains oddities likes this. But when done well, they can truly shine, and this grin-inducing 1967 Volkswagen Beetle pickup truck appears to be one such car—er…truck.

Its conversion from sedan to pickup is said to have taken place in the 1980s, admittedly a period when vintage unmodified Beetles weren’t worth bags and bags of money, and it has survived quite well to see the light of day in 2016. Like it? The claimed two-owner VW recently turned up on Craigslist in the small town of Ellijay, Georgia.


VW Beetles, in effect, offer the perfect blank canvas for custom car modifications. They we’re originally cheap to buy, reliable, simple to modify, and robustly engineered. And over the decades the plucky Beetle has spawned countless custom cars—from sports cars like the Bianco S to off-roaders like the iconic Baja Beetles. The pickup truck conversion is a bit less common by comparison, but rather more functional.
As noted by the folks at Barnfinds, this conversion appears to be rather well-executed, featuring a cleanly chopped rear end, a pickup truck rear window, fiberglass bed, and the original engine, which is said to have been rebuilt. Of course, an engine in the back doesn’t leave too much room for depth in the bed floor, so perhaps this is more of a flat-bed conversion.


Inside, the carpet and dashboard seem nicely finished, as do the re-trimmed seats. The owner notes plenty of upkeep and maintenance items recently completed since 2013. Its asking price? Just $6,000.
Sure, some may call foul—the 1967 VW Beetle was an important transition year between styles, featuring new headlights, rear back-up lights, deck lid, bumper overriders, review mirrors, and 12-volt electrics, among other changes—but even collectors can’t argue that an aged Beetle still on the road is better than one left languishing in the bush.

What do you think, Internets?