“Furbie gets attention wherever she goes,” the vehicle description reads. Ya think?! A 1978 Volkswagen Beetle is currently listed on Autotrader UK and it comes with all the fur included – but that’s not all.
It has large furry ears attached to the roof, faux whiskers at the front, headlight “eyelids”, and modified dual exhaust. Its front plate reads “FURBIE”.
Underneath the fur is a 1978 Beetle with 48 bhp coming from its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. It has an ignition key and a faux key at the back that “swings like a wind up toy at the push of a switch” according to the listing.
The car only has 15,000 miles on it meaning that the 42-year old car has averaged just 357 miles per year to date. The owner isn’t a mechanic, but says, “I’ve driven it on a 100 mile round trip and never missed a beat.”
First registered in 1978, the Beetle is a historic vehicle, so is exempt from both tax and MOT.
Volkswagen ceased production of the Beetle late last year putting an end to the era signing off on the model with a commercial on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”. It is one of Volkswagen’s most memorable vehicles though this particular car takes the term memorable in a whole different direction.
Currently, the UK is under lockdown meaning that the car cannot be purchased at this time. However, there’s no reason why you can’t do some virtual windows shopping and make your plans for purchasing once the order lifts.
Vintage Volkswagens are hot right now, especially Type 2s, which are being made into electric vehicles. The VW e-BULLI concept was first shown in March and a Type 2 with an e-Golf powertrain debuted last November. Last year, Volkswagen helped restore the VW Light Bus and showcased the project in a documentary.