Volkswagen Beetles are great little city cars. But their rear-mounted air cooled engines, torsion bar suspensions, and super simple mechanical components make them great off-roaders, too ó especially when properly fitted out with a suspension lift, big tires, and special gearing. There isn’t much that can break on one of these, and that’s a good thing when you’re racing around in the desert, 100 miles away from the nearest town.
This ’69 Beetle isn’t what I’d call a traditional Baja conversion, with cut fenders, relocated headlights, or wide tires. But does look like something you’d see in SCORE Class 11 competition in the Baja 1000 or Baja 500 ó this class requires the complete body to be intact, with mods for reinforcement and safety.
A suspension lift and 30-inch tall tires give this Bug a lot of ground clearance. The seller says it’s completely rust-free and that the Cobalt Blue paint is in decent shape. The engine is said to be fresh, with 8:1 compression, dual-port Auto Linea heads, high-clearance exhaust, and a new Spanish Weber 40 off-road carburetor.
The seller says it’s ready to drive home – it already made it from Missouri to Arizona with no issues, and a YouTube video of it running around 50 mph out in the desert is pretty good indication that you won’t need to do much heavy lifting before hitting the trail.
A total of 2,107 1968-1969 Volkswagen Beetles have sold on eBay Motors in the past several years, with average prices topping out at $7,500. This one’s mods will likely push the price higher. Follow the link to view our listing of this 1969 VW Beetle