Conquer the Sand Dunes With This Ecotec-Swapped Baja Bug

This thing looks like it could go anywhere, especially with an engine as modern as this.

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If you're looking to get into the Baja Bug game, but don't want to deal with the upkeep of a vintage air-cooled VW powertrain, this car might be the perfect fit for you. It's a fully restored 1972 Baja Bug equipped with a modern Chevy inline-four. It's . You should buy it.

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According to the car's description, the car was treated to a full body-off restoration about five years ago, when it was repainted in white. It was then equipped with a naturally aspirated 170-horsepower 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder—the same engine found in the 2006-2007 Cobalt SS. Getting power to the rear wheels is a rebuilt four-speed manual gearbox from . There's also new suspension, a skid plate, a front-mounted spare, and Yokohama all-terrain tires.

The interior is mostly complete, with carpeting, a roll cage, bucket seats, harnesses, and even a CB radio. Sadly, there's no traditional AM/FM radio, meaning you'll have to bring your phone and a bluetooth speaker if you want to bump tunes on the move. The car looks impeccably clean underneath, almost like new. The seller says it cruises comfortably at 70 mph, and judging by these pictures, we don't doubt them.

The car is currently with a starting bid of $23,500 and two days remaining. That's a whole lot of money for an old Beetle, we know, but considering the amount of work that went into this thing, we think it might be worth it.

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