Did anyone say a Beetle project???
Ok....so you have recieved some guidance by now and I see the posters are more or less on the right track.
A Beetle for 15k in running condition should be grabbed at once considering the fact I just picked up one for Rs 25K from a scrapper. He had bought it for Rs 23K. Thats the scrap price. By weight in steel and all.
What model is the Beetle you have in mind?? Just asking, never believe anyone who says this model is better and this is not....blah blah.....
Msm is right. The project may cost you anything between 50K and 300K. Thats additional to the cost price. A lot depends as to what 'path' you take and above all who your mechanic is.
An engine top quality rebuild was costing around Rs 25K from the best rebuilders. Prices are Ex petrol price hike so I cant say for now. There are a bit cheaper mechanics too, 15K may be enough as stated here. Its your luck how the engine is. It may not need any immediate work if lady luck really smiles at you.
Interior.......it can cost you within 10K for a good job. Cheaper at cheap places but then the quality may be doubtful and not long lasting. I had an interior done on my daily driven 68 bug costing Rs 7K in 1998. Apart from a couple of areas of undone stiching it looks good even now.
Denting....cant give you any figure. Denters prices vary widely. You get what you pay for. Same goes for paint. Paint jobs are available to suit a variety of pockets. From crap budget 'showers' to bare metal bake finishes.
About CNG, Ive heard it being put in. Ive seen cars with it but none of my close friends have any experience so I will not comment. Ive seen cars running on LPG though and there seem to be no issues. i run all my cars on good old petrol though. Can people with first hand experience share their thoughts here please???
Sfarhanuddin has restored his beetle in a very reasonable figure. I dont know how much work was required to start with. Would love to see the pics really soon.
I restored a REALLY basket case 68 a few years ago and the total cost crept upto 1lac 20K. Depends on what you do.
You can search these forums with the key words 'VW, Beetle, Foxy' etc and see what comes up.
Let us know where you reside so we can guide with you with the mechanics of the area.
Keep us posted.
Best of luck.