Acapulco may well have some image complications these days — it was recently named Mexico’s murder capital and the second-deadliest town in the earth — but for years this oceanfront resort was a glamorous international playground for jet-established entertaining-seekers. Famous people this kind of as Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and John Wayne frolicked there, and the 1963 Elvis Presley flick “Entertaining in Acapulco” bolstered its mystique (whilst it was actually shot elsewhere). In the 1970s, enjoyable-seekers remaining at the Princess Resort may have been collected from the airport in 1 of the hotel’s specifically modified Volkswagen Detail courtesy vehicles. Their attractiveness amid guests led Volkswagen to create a confined operate of in the same way turned out Acapulco Factors, like this a single currently on supply at Bring a Trailer.
The Acapulco Issue was built from May to July 1974 only. All were white with blue accents on the front hood, the rocker panels, the bumpers and the dashboard. The seats were being upholstered in a blue-and-white striped material, and the identical material was employed for the common surrey prime that was stretched around a steel tube body. That canvas major, regrettably, is lacking from this example, with the optional fiberglass hardtop equipped in its spot. Removable doors and a fold-down windshield included to the beachy experience. All Items have been rear-wheel-drive, though their 8.1 inches of ground clearance supplied a modicum of off-pavement ability. Like its siblings, the Acapulco Factor was powered by a rear-mounted air-cooled 1600cc engine paired with a 4-speed guide transmission.
This example is explained to have a freshly rebuilt motor and rear axles. The inside features wood-slat ground coverings and refurbished seats. The odometer reveals 41k miles. The auction is only in its initially day and is looking at quickly bidding. Apparently, the enchantment of a resort journey like this Matter transcends any tarnish experienced by its namesake.