Volkswagen Beetle/Karmann 1954-80: Market Review 2019

By: Cliff Chambers

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The cost of buying an early Volkswagen continues to climb

Buyers just want one and seem unconcerned when outlaying $20,000 and more on a car this basic and that isn’t particularly scarce.

Best for frequent use are later 1500/1600 Beetles, with a 1970s Superbug the best of these.

Karmann-built Beetle convertibles will usually be US-sourced imports and later-model cars cost $30,000.

For a stylish look without paying Porsche prices, the Type 1 Karmann-Ghia coupe is still fairly easy to find and most sell for less than $35,000.

1954-57 Beetle $27,900 [5]

1958-67 Beetle $17,540 [21]

1968-76 Beetle $11,290 [29]

Karmann Cabrio $29,935 [8]

Karmann-Ghia Type 1 Coupe $32,355 [7]

[*] = number of recorded sales

(Note: concours & special cars may demand more.)

Numbers from our 2019 European & British Value Guide.


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