I saw a Toga White & Black 1968 M343 with 55K original miles advertised on Hemmings (USA classic car trader) as "just out of storage, absolutely the most unmodified all original VW you ever find, Flagstaff Arizona, original owner & title since new, $19,500."
I'd spoke with the seller/mechanic Burkhard Franke about it for a half-hour and made an appointment for Feb 9th to inspect it in person. Flagstaff AZ is two hours north of Phoenix in the mountains, so it was going to be a special trip for me while on business in Arizona. He said the original owners (now 80) have lived in Flagstaff since it was new, had it exported to Arizona, and that he's been servicing it since 1968. It was repainted 15-20 years ago (unknown reasons) and then put into storage for the past 15 years. They decided to sell it and offered it to him. He needs the money so he's flipping it. So I called him today to confirm I was coming an he said "I'm sorry, I sold the T34 today to the first guy to see it".
From the four photos in the ad, I was skeptical of the claims since the rear script was relocated to the far right side at an angle and it appears to have early tail light bases & lenses fitted. Here are the pics. Who bought it??? US$20K is not a small purchase price, especially in the USA.
Last Edit: Feb 7, 2011 15:49:50 GMT -8 by Lee Hedges
I believe that the rear script could easily have been relocated back to it's original location, the roof dent pulled-out, and the other minor issues corrected. It's an original-owner 55K-mile preserved 1968 that has always lived its life in one small town in the mountains of Arizona, then stored for 15-20 years. These kind of T34s simply do not become available in the USA, so this one is very rare. Until we see more detailed photos of the interior then it will be unknown, but I think it's a really nice one.