Aggressive, affordable, and cool, a custom Baja Bug roadster like this 1968 Volkswagen Beetle will be a lot of fun for little money – both on the street and trail

A Baja Beetle is always a cool sight to see. It takes the tough-as-nails image of the VWs and wears it like a badge of honor. The shortened fiberglass front trunk, clipped fenders for better suspension travel, and short rear panel have the unmistakable look of a mean machine. The whole package is a nice mix of style and substance. So the larger slotted mag wheels mean better/larger tires. The upgraded steel front bumper now has a nice set of projector lights. And the blue paint looks vibrant in the sunshine without getting too fancy to stop you from having fun. And speaking of fun-in-the-sun, this maximizes its beach buggy appeal with a custom chopper-roof roadster body. It even provides fun details like the custom color-matched rear deck with installed speakers.

While this has a custom look on the outside, it remains largely stock inside. That’s a good thing because the Beetle is known for its robust components, which works well with the open-top roadster body. The high-back front bucket seats are both durable and comfortable. The steering wheel, shifter, and VDO readout are straightforward. And you’ll appreciate little added details like the cup holders.

The engine on a Baja Bug is worth the price of admission all on its own. The 1600cc motor hangs off the cut rear end with a purposeful short overhang. And there’s a nice style to the fan housing and engine cover painted to match the body. Plus, those headers help make for a nice tune from the dual exhaust. Of course, the heart of the appeal is the robust VW flat-four heart we all love in a Beetle. And this one was given recent investments in service to ensure it fires up readily and hits the road with confidence. The four-speed manual transmission means maximum control and fun, and the lifted suspension completes this rough-n-ready attitude.

Price: $14,995

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Location: Concord, North Carolina, United States