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'Beetle-Mania' at The Imperial War Museum

'Beetle-Mania' at The Imperial War Museum

No fewer than three vintage VW Beetles and a split screen VW camper van from the Gilder Group Collection will 'rock up' at the Imperial War Museum Duxford auction alongside a 1968 Karmann Ghia Cabriolet

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For all the many fans of the ‘people’s car’ here is a great opportunity to realise a dream – owning your own. The Gilder Group was one of the oldest, if not the oldest, VW / VAG dealership in the U.K. It acquired the following cars for promotional purposes and used to rotate them between its 19 showrooms so as to generate extra footfall. When JCT600 bought the Gilder Group's VAG dealerships the cars were transferred to the private ownership of the Gilder Group's Chairman.

A 1978 Volkswagen Beetle 1200L 'Last Edition' Silver. No. 65 of 300. The car has 26,000 miles from new. Re-sprayed because its original paintwork had deteriorated but otherwise original. Old style blue and white V5 reg doc in the name of the Listerdale Motor Co of Bawtry Rd, Wickersley, Rotherham S66 0JL and never re-registered so just one registered keeper from new. Dashboard plaque still in situ.


This car is amongst the last 640 Emden built Beetles exported to the UK for the 1978 model year. There were 300 1200L Last Editions. It seems that Volkswagen’s sales literature described all 640 cars in the final UK run as ‘Last Edition Beetles’. However, only the 300 Diamond Silver cars were intended to have the special numbered plaques, and it’s these that most enthusiasts recognize as being the true ‘Last Edition’ cars. European production of the Beetle Sedan ceased on January 18th, 1978.

1972 Volkswagen 1302 Beetle Orange reg.  WET 914K. Orange with black seats. MOT expiry July 2017. Estimate £12,000 – 16,000.


A multiple concours award winner, numerous rosettes come with the car. The Orange Beetle's first owner, Raymond Clarke was exceptionally meticulous and according to his family used to clean inside the wheel arches after every journey! Mr Clarke of Wickersley, Rotherham, also took it upon himself to strip various parts of the car and reassemble them to finer tolerances! His 32-year custodianship was spent improving and conserving the car whilst not deviating from factory specification.

The car has 67,000 miles on the clock but you would never know it to look at the car. A remarkable testament to Mr Clarke's love for his car. It was supplied to him by the Gilder Group and then purchased from his estate by them. MOT'd till March 2018.

1975 Volkswagen Beetle bright metallic Green. reg. HWE 813N. It has 17,700 miles from new as corroborated by the accompanying stamped service book. Three former keepers prior to entering the Gilder Group Collection in July 2002 it is highly presentable and very 1970s in metallic green with beige / tan corduroy upholstery. MOT Expiry June 2017. Estimate £8,00 – 10,000.


This black and cream split screen 1967 Volkswagen Kombi CC 1600 is estimated to sell for £25,000 – 35,000. It has one previous owner in USA. Imported to UK in 2003 and then comprehensively restored by Wolfsburg VWs. It featured in VolksWorld magazine in 2004. It boasts a teak interior.


Originally supplied to USA it spent most of its life there. Chassis and bodywork excellent and absolutely straight. Plaque affixed to the body suggests that it was converted in period by the EZ Camper Co of America based in Little Rock, California. Upgrades include a lowered uprated suspension, twin carbs, factory "gas burner", alloys, and a Beetle 1303 gearbox. It is fully refitted in back with black and white checked flooring, white leather seating, cooker, fridge, electrics . It stops traffic.

And if you have been holding out for a sports model VW Karmann Ghia here is your chance! H&H Classics are selling a 1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible CC 1498, black with cream seats, MOT Expiry Sept 2017. Estimate £40,000 – 50,000.


This is the nicest example we have encountered and it has been subject to a highly detailed, bare metal restoration. A 'matching numbers', right-hand drive example as confirmed by its accompanying VW Heritage Certificate. Offered with an extensive history file and worthy of close inspection.

Date: 12/03/2017

Author: H&H Classics