1968 Volkswagen Beetle 4-speed manual - Collector Car Canada
1968 Volkswagen Beetle 4-speed manual


1968 Volkswagen Beetle 4-speed manual

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This 1968 Volkswagen Beetle 4-speed manual has been owned by the seller since 2007.  At that time, he drove to Texas in a truck and brought it back to Canada using a tow-bar, carrying out all of the importation logistics.  The retiree owner is not a computer user so any questions to him will flow through Collector Car Canada initially, though the owner is quite knowledgeable about his car and is happy to speak to interested parties by phone.  Again, Collector Car Canada will facilitate and will be copied to any messages to the seller using the “Contact Seller” button so please do not hesitate.  We will also keep a close eye on the Comments section.  The owner commissioned an appraisal in September 2021, excerpts of which appear in the photo gallery to impartially attest to the car’s condition.  A review of the appraisal report notes mostly “excellent” ratings – paint, panels, trim, glass, seats, dash, headliner, door and kick panels – others as “very good”.  The Ontario-based appraiser believes that it would pass an Ontario safety inspection as it sits.


CCC Vital Info – 1968 Volkswagen Beetle 4-speed manual

Lot – 032
Seller – d-buck (Private)
Seller location – Gatineau, Qc J8Y
VIN – 118288057
Odometer – 29,000 miles shown – TMU
Engine Info – 1500 cc flat-four
Transmission Info – 4-speed manual
Exterior Colour – Gold
Interior Colour – White
Other features – No modifications, Extensive recommissioning, OEM steel Wheels with VW covers, Sunroof.
Category – German
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Carfax N/A for a pre-1981 non-17 character VIN vehicle

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The owner is a retired mechanic who was looking for a mechanical project leading to a hobby car as a pastime to enjoy his retirement.  Over his ownership of the car, he likely spent more time caring for the car than enjoying it as he estimates that he has driven it under 2,000 miles since purchasing.  Details follow but this project was more mechanical than cosmetic.  Though some trim and detail have been improved since his purchase, the fine gold paint finish has been in place since before he bought it.  He does mention that the previous owner did commission a re-spray, at which time the ethereal, inlaid flame pattern was added.  By inlaid, we mean imperceptible to the touch as several coats of clear have been applied on top of the pattern.  One would not know it is in place by running one’s fingers over the pattern while looking away.


This 1968 VW Beetle is powered by a 1500cc air-cooled engine which was introduced for 1967 models.  It produced 53 horsepower at 4,200 RPM.  This stock engine starts easily and runs smoothly.  With the 1500 engine came front disc brakes, a notable advancement at the time.  Drum brakes remain in place out back.  The 4-speed manual transmits power to the rear wheels.  As seen in the gallery, the engine bay is clean in appearance.  Odometer shows 29,000 miles and given the history and age of this Beetle, it is being sold TMU – “True Mileage Unknown”.

This 1968 model year is considered a year of major improvements in the 65-odd year production run of the original (rear-drive) Beetles.  Larger and higher mounted bumpers were introduced; larger tail lamps were implemented (this example sports updated lenses with amber turn indicators); and all ’68 Beetles received the front light treatment you see on this ’68, though it was introduced on North American cars with the 1967 models.  Another change from prior year ensures less attention at the filling station:  pre-1968 car fuel doors were located inside the front trunk for the front-mounted fuel tanks.  Fuel gauge became mounted within the VDO-branded speedometer gauge and air pressure to operate the windshield washers is “borrowed” from the spare tire – this set up is in evidence as part of the photo gallery.

This Beetle boasts a fresh interior, including custom re-upholstered seats in clean white vinyl with black piping as well as a new dashboard.  The headliner has also been replaced, in off-white, and is taut to the roof’s inner surface.  There is also a manually-operated sunroof.  The underside is clean, consistent with its Texas past and no winters since.  Since the owner’s acquisition, it has always been stored indoors in a heated garage.

Other work carried out by the seller is supported by receipts.  It includes: major brake work, including replacement of the master cylinder; wheel cylinders were replaced; the Le Mans 165 R15 tires were installed for the trip back to the Ottawa area from Texas and retain a grippy tread; the engine was re-sealed; a new horn ring has been installed; a new switch for indicator lights/signals has been installed; as well, new dimmer and ignition switches have been installed.  It should be noted that the driver needs to return the key to the “ON” position when the engine starts, it does not return to “ON” on its own.  As well, the noted tire size is not original; it was the smallest 15” tire that the seller could procure in the circumstances to fit the factory steel wheels complemented by polished original VW covers.

Other details updated by the owner include a new dash panel which features an uncut radio cut-out.  The owner retains the original uninstalled non-functional radio (transistor).  The appraiser speculates that non-op might be attributable to the speaker.  The car received a new rear window in approximately 2009 including new seals for this glass as well as the windshield.  Door and rear side windows were also re-sealed at this time.  Various spare parts are included in the sale.

Well into his retirement years, the owner drives very little and feels this Beetle would be better enjoyed by another fellow enthusiast.  It is available on the Quebec side in the Ottawa region.  Ontario licence plates are pictured, the owner retains residences on each side of the river forming the provincial border between Quebec and Ontario.

1968 Volkswagen Beetle 4-speed manual

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Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
GT500 September 29, 2021 3:14 pm $6,600
CharlesR September 29, 2021 2:38 pm $6,350
GT500 September 27, 2021 10:07 pm $6,100
Marquis1 September 27, 2021 9:38 pm $5,800
GT500 September 27, 2021 3:06 pm $5,500
Primitive September 24, 2021 12:33 pm $5,000
khanak September 23, 2021 1:27 am $1
Auction started September 22, 2021 3:33 pm

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