Beetlemania is Back

Volkswagen’s decision to stop producing the ‘New Beetle’ next year could sharply increase the value of the iconic original VW Beetles, according to Gumtree SA Head of Automotive Jeff Osborne.

“The ‘New Beetle’, launched in 1998, did ok – selling 500,000 worldwide – and is very popular with some consumers but it never replaced the old version in public consciousness. Now that the upgraded Beetle is disappearing for good, I reckon the originals, which hold massive sentimental value, will see a surge in demand.”

There are well over 250 old Beetles on sale on Gumtree across the country and Osborne says that good condition 1960’s models have price tags over R40k. “Even vehicles without engines or that are unroadworthy can fetch decent money for spare parts and we have a VW Beetle Boot Braai listed for R10k!”

Jeff’s Favourite 5 Gumtree Beetles: 

1969 Beetle R50,000 Mt Edgecombe

1967 Beetle R 45,000 Vanderbijlpark

1969 Beetle R 49,900 Sandton

1975 Beetle R 65,000 Randburg

1976 Beetle R 65,000 Midrand