Sold for £3,938
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: PAO 611P
Chassis No: 1142236989
Along with the Ford Model T, Citroen 2CV and BMC Austin/Morris Mini, the Volkswagen Beetle is generally recognised as being one of the elite pack of pop motoring icons. Conceived in the small Stuttgart design office of Dr Ferdinand Porsche, the air-cooled, rear-engined 'People's Wagon', sponsored by the new German Chancellor, one Adolf Hitler before the outbreak of War, and resurrected by the British Army Major Ivan Hirst as part of the Allies post-war rebuilding of bombed-out German industry, went on to clock up a 21 million world record production milestone. Only one standard Beetle was made 1946-1948 with 1131cc flat-four motor, which produced a rather modest 25bhp, and a non-synchromesh gearbox. Improvements came to market in a non-stop stream, the 50bhp 1584cc engine option being offered from 1972 in the then brand new 1302 model where Macpherson strut independent front suspension replaced the original torsion bar set-up.
Manufactured in 1976, this right-hand drive Beetle saloon has spent its life in the car-friendly climate of South Africa. Finished in striking mustard yellow and fitted with the desirable 1584cc engine in the tail, the car is described by the vendor as being in “time warp, unmolested condition” and is said to “run and drive very well”. The odometer displays 17,000 miles, which is likely to indicate a lifetime mileage of circa 117k, however, it’s unlikely the car has experienced any rain or salt during that time. Riding on Rostyle wheels, this Beetle would benefit from some attention to the bodywork and paintwork, however, this should be a straightforward and rewarding project for the new owner.
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