SOLD – Restored Sapphire VI Radio

Before you take another drink of your morning coffee, read slowly. What we have up for grabs today is a complete, restored Sapphire VI ’67 Beetle radio; which is quite rare. Why might you ask? It’s both AM & FM. Most of you likely have the Sapphire V. (AM only, myself included)

I’ve only ever seen two in person, and they were installed in someone else’s ’67 Beetle. Below is the information we have from the seller, as well as photos below. Wow, it even has the correct dealership rubber safety knobs. Check out those internal shots; truly a work of art. Info from the owner.

“I have a VW Sapphire VI AM/FM Bendix Radio from my ’67 VW Beetle for sale.  I purchased the car 2 years ago, and was told the radio didn’t work.  I shipped the unit to VW radio expert in Virginia where he recently repaired and serviced the radio and returned it to me.  In the meantime, I decided to install a new digital stereo radio in my ’67 since the car isn’t stock anyway (or I would be keeping it).  I am therefore offering the very rare 12 volt radio.”

Status: SOLD
Price: $800 (Shipping included)
Contact: David Morrison

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started Air-Cooled Artifacts (previously, and Lane Russell). I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. that’s a beauty! Wish I had $800 extra dollars. Would it be possible to know the name of the VW radio expert in VA? Thank you

  2. I think these are so rare because my understanding is they were only offered in the convertible model 67 year only. I scored one 5-6 years ago and put in by bug. If you have a convertible you should lay out the dough. Mine sounds good and looks perfect, but the channels will “travel” a little. You will adjust it as you drive distances to keep a station. ( unless they have a way to fix that?)

    1. This unit is def a score, considering others I’ve seen.

    2. They’re uncommon for 2 reasons. The first is it was about $55 more than the AM version, $125 verses $69.95 according to a 1967 dealers options list. The second is that FM wasn’t like it is today, in fact it didn’t really start taking off until the early 70’s.

    3. Hi, Ken…Radios were USA Dealership installed (unless a person special ordered his VW from Germany–in that case, he likely would receive his car with a German radio, such as the Blaupunkt–not a US-made Motorola or Bendix). Thus, they were not Model-specific–only year specific. We owned a 1967 Karmann Ghia Coupe which had been fitted with a Sapphire VI. As you report, on highway trips, we constantly had to re-tune since the FM faded badly. This should not be an issue if the VI has been revisited by a qualified Radio Repairman. jay

  3. My VI wouldn’t power up this year after my 67’s slumber. I too would like to know the radio techs info. Thanks!

    1. Jody…check and clean the fuses. It could be but a bit of corrosion which is inhibiting the electrical integrity. jay

  4. Gosh, I wish I had $800 to spend.

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