1972 Volkswagen Beetle Sedan

After some frustration with dealerships and the high payments for leasing vehicles, my wife and I decided that now was a good time to pick up one of our bucket-list cars as daily driver. After some searching, we happened to find and purchase a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle.

The '72 Beetle had the look we liked:

  • a flat windscreen
  • shallow dash
  • more compact than the later Super Beetles
  • the bumpers that we had planned on buying
  • eyelids
  • minimal rust

In addition, the engine seemed to be running strong, the brakes worked, and the suspension did not seem terrible.

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  • Year: 1972
  • Transmission: 4-speed manual
  • Engine: 1600cc
  • Odometer: 75, 763 miles
  • Purchased: June 14, 2019


Currently don't know too much about the car except that all the work in the last five years has been done at one shop and that the previous owner made it to front page of a local newspaper with their Herbie vinyls.

I have a small collection of the service history. The folder had several other cars mixed in so I am not sure if this is all of the reciepts that the previous owner had. Below is a rough outline of what work I know has been done.

DateOdometer (in Mi)Purchase or ShopNotes
2019-01-0875, 248Shop
  • fix driver side door
  • install driver side window regulator
  • replace drivers door latch
2018-01-0874, 232Shop
  • Wheel shakes at 50-60mph (wheels bent)
  • replace vapour barriers
  • replace driver/passenger door seals
  • replace front/rear wheel cylinders
  • replace front/rear brake shoes
  • replace driver rear brake drum
  • bleed brake system
  • rotate tires
  • re-machined passenger rear brake drum
  • repair rear driver/passenger rocker panel area
  • replace sealant
2017-10-1073, 707Shop
  • Adjust and free-up brake pedal push rod
  • replace clutch cable and sleeve
2017-08-03N/APurchaseIgnition coil
2016-08-0569, 714ShopMount and balance of four 165/80R15
2016-03-0566, 039Shop
  • replace clutch assembly
  • clean thread and install sender properly
  • free-up window regulator
  • clean/grease/install door panel
  • repair hazard lights
  • adjust brakes
2015-06-1558, 756Shop
  • adjust valves
  • replace broken rocker arm spring
  • repair #4 intake valve stem
  • install cap on #4 intake valve
  • adjust valves
  • service carb
  • replace vaccuum hoses
  • adjust dwell
  • adjust timing
  • replace generator pulley
2015-05-2958, 262ShopOil service



  • remove Herbie vinyl
  • fix rust and paint
  • reduce gas fumes in cabin
  • get seats that are not broken
  • fix rear drivers side turn signal


  • disc brake conversion (don't like the drum feeling)
  • push button start
  • immobilizer
  • redo interior (headliner, seats, floor, dash)
  • inside and out paint
  • electric engine conversion
  • birth certificate


Combo of receipts and things we need to get in the near future:

ItemCostDate Purchased
Ear Clamp Pliers
Oil$23.97 CAD2019-09-15
Oil drain pan$6.99 CAD2019-09-15
Black nitrite Gloves (50 pack)$20.99 CAD2019-09-15
Feeler gauge
Oil drain gaskets (10 pack)$24.99 CAD2019-09-10
Valve cover gaskets (4 pack)$6.29 CAD2019-09-10
Aluminum fresh air heater hose$9.79 CAD2019-09-10
Fresh air hose clamp$8.39 CAD2019-09-10
Fuel tank rubber hose and clamp kit$81 USD2019-07-05
Front license plate clamps$4.95 USD2019-07-05
Rear license plate mounting braket$8 USD2019-07-05

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