By Ted Orme
It still bears a retro resemblance to the classic ’65 reviewed below. The charm and nostalgia also remain but, wow, has decades of techno improvement ever made a difference for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible.
Let’s start with price and power. The 40 horsepower, air-cooled, rear-engine ’65 Beetle ragtop left the showroom for $2,053, according to nadaguides.com. My ride was the top-of-the-line Turbo with a 2.0-liter FSI turbocharged direct-injection four producing 200-horsepower, 207 lb-ft of torque and priced at $32,295 (plus $795 “destination” charge). That big number also buys you a six-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission, bigger 18-inch tires, sport seats, leather trim, Fender premium sound system and navigation.
If that price sends shock waves through your Scotch heart (read cheap) as it does mine, just remember what you were making in 1965 – if, in fact, you were even born. Also, to keep this in perspective, nadaguides.com. says a restored ’65 like Butch Sevila’s has a high retail value of $26,600 today. That’s more than it cost to get you into today’s base model Beetle Convertible, which stickers at $24,995.