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Lot 404

1970 Volkswagen Beetle 1302S

Sold for £7,425

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: ENP 724J
Chassis No: 1112139880
MOT: October 2022
Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

Motor Car Location: Cheshire

  • Finished in Elm Green with a Black vinyl interior
  • 50,200 recorded miles and just 4 former keepers shown on HPI
  • Subject to lots of expense over the last few years

The 1302 and 1303 'Super Beetles' saw the final development of the Beetle, and in many ways, they were the best. To the casual observer, the 1970 Beetle looked similar to previous models, the 1302 and 1303 ‘Super’ Beetles were the most radical reworks of the car during its long life. MacPherson strut front suspension was adopted, which allowed more front boot space and improved handling. The struts also allowed space for front disc brakes to be fitted from the factory.

This 1302S 'Super Beetle' left the factory with Chassis No.1112139880, Engine No. AD056843 and wearing Elm Green L60D paint. Registered on 28th October 1970, the 1302S was owned for many years by a gentleman in Coombe Hill, Cheltenham. The DVLA documentation records show only four previous owners. ENP 724J's current owner, a consultant dentist, purchased the car in October 2017. He had previously owned a Porsche 356 and his first car was a 1967 Beetle, and he viewed a number of other Beetles before selecting this car. It gave the same classic appearance as his first car and was by coincidence, the same colour, but also the low mileage and the better suspension, steering, luggage space and larger 1600 engine made this, an improved and updated 1302S version of the Beetle model, an obvious choice.

The car required some minor welding work to pass the MOT and since then, has been used sparingly and consistently dry garaged. the car has only been driven in the rain once, returning home from an MOT and service. The current owner has had an amount of mechanical work performed as required and has undertaken a number of subtle improvements throughout the car, to bring it closer to a modern driving experience, without damaging the classic VW charm and appeal. The intention was to keep away from creating a concours standard but to retain some patina and therefore authenticity for a car of this age.

ENP 724J looks great, starts first time every time, runs, handles and stops well and easily keeps up with modern traffic on the road and motorway. The car is provided with three keys, a dust cover, a number of VW books and old Volksworld magazines. It had a full service and MOT in October 2021. The mechanical work has been provided by MAC VW, Manchester. Any other parts used have been sourced from Heritage Parts Centre, Just Kampers, Machine 7, Classic Car LEDs and the Vintage Wireless Company.

New parts fitted and mechanical work undertaken as follows:

April 2021: All of the under surface treated with Waxoyl

September 2020: New electric washer bottle and pump

May 2020: New engine air breather hoses, demister hoses, passenger door window seal, bonnet seal, engine bay seal

March 2020: Engine: New barrels, pistons, pushrod tubes, gaskets, seals, clutch, oil pressure switch.

December 2019: New Bosch voltage regulator, Petronix coil and electronic ignition, and performance HT leads.

July 2019: New stainless steel hub caps

June 2019: New Empi Quickshift gear lever conversion kit

March 2019: New LED headlight bulbs and LED dash warning lights

February 2019: Internal bare metal inspection, double coat of Hammerite, double layer of Quickroof tape sound deadening as instructed by Chris Vallone of Classic VW Bugs. New 10mm carpet underfelt. New rear parcel shelf. Measured 55% reduction in cabin sound.

May 2019: New Solex carburettor, two heat exchangers

February 2019: All chassis and body under surface cleaned and treated with Waxoyl

November 2018: New front and rear '3 point' inertia-reel seat belts

August 2018: New interior light

July 2018: New radio speaker, new aerial, refurbished Motorola LW/AM radio with phone connection

June 2018: New fuel tank fuel hoses uprated for up to E15 fuel

March 2018: Refurbished steering box

January 2018: 1970 US spec. high back front seats fitted (originals available with the car)

January 2018: New heater channel vents

December 2017: New rear shocks, rear brakes shoes, front brake pads, new chassis fuel line

MOT History:

November 2008 39,641

November 2012 39,737

April 2014 39763

May 2015 42,302

August 2016 44,933

October 2019 48,436

September 2020 49,311

October 2021 49,883

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Very Good'
Engine: 'Very Good'
Electrical Equipment: 'Very Good'
Paintwork: 'Very Good'
Gearbox: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Very Good'

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


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