After weeks of poring over the local classifieds, checking and refusing quite a few promising "fair condition" bugs on-site
a very simple AD reading "VW Käfer zu verkaufen" led to a surprisingly well preserved '71 1302 S Super Beetle.
Although all fenders were bent and dented (the owners garage was quite small) and apart from the bedraggled interior
the Bug's vital weak spots looked good. So I purchased it for 1.500 DM (850 $ based on the 1988 exchange rate) and
drove it home without any issues.
The Bug was first registered by the original owner in Berlin in September 1970. According to some documents
and literature that came with the car I assume this gentleman took good care of the vehicle.
In 1986 he handed it over to his nephew from whom I bought the Bug eventually. Obviously this guy was not so much
into maintenance. Actually I was under the impression he didn't like the car at all and wanted to get rid of it ASAP.
I'm quite sure he managed to wear the Bug down quite a bit during the two years he owned it.
Anyway... Time to start the build and see what surprises disassembly hold in store...