Sold!  1957 Oval Ragtop, Mild Cal Style Custom!

1957 Oval Ragtop, Clean Resto Cal Driver!

Here is a clean and very presentable Oval Ragtop Beetle that has been nicely refreshed a handful of years back, lightly customized, and features a upgraded 1641cc engine, old school style pinstriping, lowered suspension, and a beautiful and faithfully restored interior from West Coast Classics. This early Ragtop is ready to enjoy!

The body has always been very dry and solid and you can still see the original factory undercoating underneath!  The icepick handled doors, bullet fenders, flat hood, W decklid, both aprons including the rear H pattern are all correct for the car as well.  The rear clip was replaced years ago prior to the restoration work.  The paint job is very nice and mildly custom and features the previously mentioned old school pinstriping.  There are some light stone chips around but the presentation is still very nice.  The sunroof cover is in good shape and is a quality canvas unit.  Additionally all of the window and door seals were replaced at the time of the paint work.  Other custom touches include the European bumpers, painted billet running boards, tinted windows, and European fluted headlight lenses. 

The interior is very nice and clean and came from the skilled guys at West Coast Classics.  It is very faithful to the original style and features a proper mohair headliner, original style door panels, seat covers, German square weave carpeting, and reproduction rubber mats.  The dash is very clean, uncut, and features a Motorola Volumatic pushbutton radio that fills the space nicely but is currently not working. 

Mechanically this Oval has a good running and torquey 1641cc engine that was built by Painter's Grinding in Denver, Colorado.  All of the tin has been nicely powder coated and the engine also features a Bosch 009 distributor and a new carburetor.  The transaxle is a 1967 unit which makes a great combination with the slightly larger engine and this Oval scoots along nicely on the freeway.  The suspension is lowered with use of a adjustable beam and dropped spindles.  The electrical system has also been converted to 12 volt for quicker starts, additional reliability, and brighter lights as well.  The only mechanical complaint would be that the steering is a bit loose, possibly making an adjustment on the box will help tighten it up a bit.  Other than that, it runs and drives nicely and looks very nice doing it!  Thanks!


*Please note that this Beetle is located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

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Brendan Finn (858)366-2549

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