Have you ever played the game “slug-a-bug” with your kids (or as a kid?)? The rules are simple, although they vary from family to family. It is a great game to play while driving around town, if you can get your kids to put down their video games long enough. This is how it is played: If you see a VW Beetle, you yell out “slug-a-bug.” If you are the first one to see it/yell it out, you get a point. The person with the most points during the course of the drive wins. Easy, right?
In my family we have various variations on this simple game, with different types of VWs worth different points. The first modification to the game came when we started counting two points for convertible Beetles, which are rarer and therefore worth more. Then there are the new Beetles vs. old Beetles, also worth different points. In fact, the rules evolved to a point where any VW car or van was worth some number of points. But the rarest of all VWs had to be what appears to be a converted VW bus, with its back chopped off and made into a type of hybrid bus/pickup, like this one:
Well, today’s remarkable find seems to be a precursor to this VW curiosity. Today’s find is this 1964 Jeep Other RARE M-677:
I think if we ever saw this Jeep driving around town, it would qualify as an Instant Win in our Slug-a-Bug game, based on its incredible rarity…
And the seller says basically the same thing:
“I couldn’t get it home without having to talk to people everywhere I stopped. I’ve been to many carshows and never seen one. I’ve never seen one driving or anywhere in person until I bought it.”
As for the condition of the Jeep, the seller notes:
“This truck is mostly original and has only had a couple owners. The gentleman I bought it from had owned it since at least 1979, maybe earlier. I have registrations going back that far in his name. I believe he purchased it from a military or government auction. Original marine nomenclature tag is on the dash. It is hard to see all the numbers in the pics, but they are clearly visible in person and nothing is worn off.”
On the description, the seller goes into quite some detail about the mechanical condition of the Jeep, as well as the condition of the body and so forth. If you’d like to read the whole thing, click here. He also has quite a number of photos from different angles and of different parts of the Jeep. It is certainly worth a look, even if you are not interested in bidding at this time.
As for the interior, the seller explains the following:
“Seats and engine cover have been recovered years ago and are in good shape still actually. Not perfect, but definitely usable. That is the extent of the interior really. Dash area is pretty much original with the exception of some toggle switches. Temp and oil pressure gauges work. Not sure about the others.”
As for the VW Bus/Vanagon/Truck I described above, a quick search revealed this remarkable find, a 1968 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon Double Cab Truck:
It is pretty cool, but a quick search on “VW buses” revealed this beauty, a 1957 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon, among others…
I guess the toughest part of coming to shop on eBay is all the amazing items you could buy. As our marketing mavens say, “If it’s on your mind, it’s on eBay” to which I’ll add, even if it is not on your mind yet, it may be soon (especially if you continue to read eBay stories!)