Build or Buy: Back to the Future Beetle

Last week the world said goodbye the Volkswagen Beetle. For the first time since the company began, there is no longer a round little friendly car coming off an assembly line somewhere on this globe.

We’re not quite ready to say goodbye, and we found two interesting versions of the car where the already retro styling was made even more retro. So if you’re looking to add a Beetle to your garage, but want to go back to the future with a car with modern performance and amenities, do you build or buy?

Argument: Build
Article: 1999 New Beetle

When the New Beetle was introduced in 1998, Volkswagen designers put an almost futuristic spin on the timeless model. It had smooth lines, precise curves, and almost clinically clean sheet metal. The public went nuts over it, and VW couldn’t build cars fast enough to keep up with demand.

A number of buyers wanted an even more retro feel to the car; what you see here is just such a car. This 1999 New Beetle is a former show car and it features two-tone paint, retro alloy wheels, and additional chrome trim. Johnny Lightning even made a toy car based on it!

This car has seen better days. The paint is faded, the whitewall tires have been swapped out for traditional black wall tires, and the PIP wood slat roof rack is long gone. But if you’re looking to bring a slick show car back to its former glory, this ’99 can be yours, along with the matching diecast car, for only $1500. You can drive it home from Aguanga, California. See the ad on thesamba.com for more information.

Argument: Buy
Article: 2010 Final Edition New Beetle Convertible

If you’re looking for a retro car that you can just get in and drive, then here’s a car for you. This “Final Edition” model has only 1,268 miles on the odometer. Someone, it seems, thought they’d have quite the collectible when they bought this not-really-the-final-edition Final Edition convertible.

As it’s to be expected, this car is immaculate. It’s been stored indoors, comes complete with the original window sticker and a bunch of New Beetle media materials.

But one thing it doesn’t come with is a price. That’s right, the ad says you have to ask for the price. And in car-selling speak, that usually means beyond the Kelley Blue Book suggested private party value of $8500 – $11,900.

This 2010 “Final Edition” New Beetle is in Ferndale, Washington, and you can see more information on thesamba.com classified ad.