Wed, 22nd Nov 2006 0:00

The Pavilion Gardens

  Lot 7
Lot 7 - 1966 Volkswagen Beetle 1300

1966 Volkswagen Beetle 1300

Sold for £4,612

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: JVT721D
Chassis No: 1161016262
Mot Expiry: Sept 2007

Instantly recognisable the world over, the creation of the Beetle by Ferdinand Porsche to Hitler's request for a 'people's car' is now sufficiently well documented not to need repeating here. Meticulously developed (over 78,000 modifications are said to have been made) but never significantly changed in appearance throughout its production life, the Beetle's primary strengths of simplicity, reliability and quality of build ensured that it found a faithful following even in the most inhospitable climates. Production of the Beetle ceased in Europe in 1978, after surpassing the previous world record of car production held by the Ford Model T of 15 million in 1972. Production continued in Mexico and Brazil up until very recently, the model having been brought back into production in Brazil it is said at the specific request of an ex-girlfriend of the president! Always popular in Britain it is rare to find an early Beetle which has escaped the attentions of the 'rodding' fraternity and it is just such an example which we have for auction here today.

This 1966 1300 model dates from the first year of 1300 production and is finished in very period light blue with a white vinyl interior. The low mileage of 26,700 from new is believed by the current owner to be genuine, the car having been stored for many years after the death of its first owner and then bought by a VW main dealer in Leek in 1998 for display in the showroom. Bought by the vendor in 2001, we are told a full history file is available. Maintained by the same garage throughout the whole of its life, the vendor describes the paintwork and bodywork as 'excellent', the engine, 6 volt electrics and wheels/tyres as 'very good', transmission as 'perfect' and chassis as 'very clean'. MOT'd and taxed until September 2007 this Beetle will be ready to drive away from the sale and promises to give its new owner a great deal of period fun.

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