1959 Volkswagen Beetle, Lifetime California Car

Specifications:

VIN: 2213603
Exterior Color: Anthracite Gray
Interior Color: Oxide Red/White
Engine: 1600cc
Transmission: 4spd
Status: Available
Stock: 09-10621
Mileage: 23,736

This 1959 Volkswagen Beetle has spent its entire life in Northern California and retains the original California black/yellow license plates.  The original delivery documents reflect the delivering dealer as Anderson Motors, 550 West San Carlos, San Jose, CA and the California registration shows “Yr First Sold,” further support that the car has been in California since new. The VW was acquired by the current owner in late 2020, and, since that time has received maintenance including a rebuilt carburetor, new fuel pump, new oil pressure switch, new distributor O-ring, oil service, and a safety inspection.

The Beetle underwent a comprehensive cosmetic refurbishment under prior ownership reportedly completed within the past in 8 years.  Handwritten notes from the previous owner indicate that the comprehensive restoration was completed between 2007 – 2015 and included a complete exterior/interior repaint and interior upholstery dyed to original color. General maintenance has been performed by the current, enthusiast owner.  This square-window Bug is offered on consignment by the selling dealer with refurbishment receipts, original delivery books, a jack and tool roll and a clean California title.

Mechanical work completed by the previous owner within the past 1,000 miles included a rebuild of the transmission, completed at 22,580 and supported by a receipt from the mechanic.

The body is finished in L469 Anthracite Grey with a contrasting interior in Oxide Red/White with matching door panels, gray carpets covered by rubber mats, factory correct white headliner and visors, and a “semi-batwing” stock steering wheel.  Interior features include a Retrosound AM/FM Euro style radio with USB connectivity in an uncut dash, a wicker basket for storage, a metal storage container, a tunnel mounted fire extinguisher, front seat belts, with logos, and a dash mounted switch that operates the functional front amber fog lights.  The previous owner also elected to have a gas gauge fitted but decided to not have it connected as they later found that to have it operational the newly refinished, original tank would have to be replaced to accommodate a fuel sending unit therefore the gauge is not functional.  The exterior condition is shown up close in gallery photographs below.

A walk-around, and driving footage are included in the video above. Steel wheels have been refinished in creme with black centers and chrome hubcaps, and 165R15 Firestone F560 tires are mounted all around.  The rear fog light is not wired and nonfunctioning.

An aftermarket AM/FM radio is mounted in the uncut dash.  The single combination gauge includes a speedometer and a five-digit odometer which shows 23,736 miles with total mileage is unknown

A full-sized spare wheel and the fuel tank are housed in the front trunk.

The 1,600cc flat-four features single-port cylinder heads and a new single carburetor, which was replaced in preparation for the sale. Receipts document ongoing maintenance.

The four-speed manual transaxle includes an unsynchronized first gear, transmission that was rebuilt within the last 1,500 miles including a new clutch during the refurbishment. Photos of the undercarriage can be seen in the included images that is solid and free from damage.