The $1 million dollar beetle
$1 Million Dollars?! WHY?! Well, I will tell you a tale...
Yes, you read that right. This 1964 VW Beetle from a bygone age is for sale for $1 million dollars. So why is it worth that much? What is the story behind this much loved - and hated - car, designed by Porsche and an evil man, in the years before a world in turmoil...
Why. so. special?
This Beetle was bought by a mechanic Rudy Zvarich back in 1964 as a back-up car, seeing the year after there would be a few changes to the model - he didn't agree with them. So he searched for a Beetle similar to his old run about Beetle from 1957 and he did!
The little black Beetle was found, bought and driven under the cover of darkness using his own modified battery - oh also, without insurance. Clearly, Mr Zvarich was a rebel to get keep the old school Beetle the way it was. He never taxed the car either, he kept it hidden away at a friend's storage space until 2 years later, he moved it into a specially built space for it.
And there is slept, undisturbed - drained and wrapped in covers - for 50 years.
This sleeping German vampire was finally awoken - 2 years after Rudy died - when his Nephew inherited the collection of cars. After slowly and carefully bringing it back into running order, the car was still so fresh of the line, the bodywork was dusty, the leatherette seats fresh as the day they were installed and the window stickers still in place from 1964.
It still even has its papers from when it was bought, even down to the extras and price. Check out the photos from Hemmings auctions for the details of this car. It's in perfect condition, it still has all the labels and boxes.
This Beetle may just be the only Beetle that I have ever liked. I am not a fan of them, full stop... but something about how Mr Zvarich loved them and the passion he had for cars, makes this little German car something different.
It is the pinnacle of 'Mint' condition, it was such a shame Rudy never got to use this car, but for us - the younger generation - this can be something saved for us now. Its the best Beetle around. And what is even more incredible is the mileage...
23 miles... It's been frozen in time. Here's to Mr Zvarich!
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