Very impressive David. Sadly, I wasn't in a financial position to spend as much on my 2002 (same color), as my next big project is doing an engine rebuild on my 1941 Ford 9N tractor (also a flathead engine).
And I'm still appalled someone would disrespect your work and offer you scrap value for it. I'm thinking jealousy or just another TDIclub troll.
Question on your Bosal hitch - what is the tongue weight limit on it? And what class hitch is the Bosal? Did you order from Europe, or someone here in the US? I'm still trying to do my research, as I'd like the same on my '10 JSW for light-medium duty towing (about 2500 pounds). Did you install a brake controller on your Beetle, or will you be towing trailers without brakes?