Used Car of the Day: Volkswagen 412

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day volkswagen 412

Today's UCOTD is essentially a barn find.

Or in the case of this Volkswagen 412, perhaps a forest find, based on the photos.

It's obvious from the pictures that this car is close to becoming one with the earth, but the seller wants to see if someone can save it before it heads to the crusher.

There's not much detail here but there doesn't need to be -- this thing clearly will take a lot of time and money to be restored. So this one isn't for the faint of heart. It's basically in the same shape as many of the Junkyard Finds.

That said, if you have $500, a love for old VWs, and some serious mechanical skills plus a lot of free time (and perhaps a big bank account), you could be the one who takes this car from trash to show quality.

Or you could just ignore it for yet another modified GTI. Your call.

Give this South Carolina car a look here.

[Images: Seller]

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX 5 days ago

    This is only a used car because the seller thinks it is.

    My BIL has a TR-4 in the same condition, also in the woods. It's been there maybe 50 years, and he still thinks someone might want it.

    TTAC is that this seller just doesn't want to pay someone to haul the 412 away.

  • TheMrFreeze TheMrFreeze 4 days ago

    Only person who might buy this is somebody who already owns a 412 and wants to get whatever spare parts they can off of this hulk. They're the least desirable air-cooled VWs and in this condition it make zero sense financially to try and restore it.

    Kudos to the owner for not just sending this off to the crusher and offering it up at parts-car prices.

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    • Jeff Jeff 3 days ago

      This would be a challenging restoration with rust, parts, time, and labor. Even if it is rare I don't think this car would be worth restoring. Not saying it is impossible but is it really worth it?

  • Statikboy Those tires are the Wrong Size.
  • Mustangfast I had an 06 V6 and loved that car. 230k trouble free miles until I sold it. I remember they were criticized for being too small vs competitors but as a single guy it was the right size for me. I recall the 2.3 didn’t have a reputation for reliability, unlike the V6 and I4. I think it likely didn’t take off due to the manual-only spec, price tag, and power vs the V6 engine and the way it delivered that power. It was always fun to see the difference between these and normal ones, since these were made in Japan whereas all others were flat rock
  • VoGhost Earth is healing.
  • ToolGuy "Having our 4th baby and decided a camper van is a better use of our resources than my tuner."Seller is in the midst of some interesting life choices.Bonus: Here are the individuals responsible for doing the work on this vehicle.
  • MaintenanceCosts Previous owner playing engineer by randomly substituting a bunch of components, then finding out. No thanks.