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Volkswagen Beetle: Buying guide and review (1945-2003)

Volkswagen Beetle: Buying guide and review (1945-2003) Classic and Performance Car
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Volkswagen’s Beetle represents so many different things to so many people. With 21.5 million of them built around the world for more than 50 years, chances are you have either owned one at some point, or know someone that has. 
 
Born out of a need to quickly get German people mobile and onto the rapidly expanding autobahn network, this small and functional car was designed in the 1930s by Ferdinand Porsche, and was championed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi government. Full scale production of the Type 1 didn’t start until 1945 though, after World War 2 came to an end. 
 
It was of course developed over the years, with huge improvements, larger engines and improved trim and interior. European production continued right through to 1978, however the Brazilian and Mexican cars carried on for much longer, taking the production right through to 2003. 
 
Today many look good but are rotten; others have been badly restored. Most Beetles have also been modified in some way, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as it often makes them more usable; bigger engines, later brakes and newer gearboxes are all par for the course. What matters most is that you don’t buy a liability. 
 
Few cars are as easy to maintain or upgrade as the Beetle, with a ready parts supply and plenty of specialists. Running costs are low, ride comfort is great and performance isn’t bad; this is no road burner, but ample low-down torque means the Beetle is easy to drive. But perhaps the best aspect of all is the social scene that goes with the Beetle; if you want to kick start your social life, just buy a classic Beetle. 
 

Which classic Beetle to buy?

 
Although the Beetle didn’t seem to evolve much during its lengthy production run, nothing is interchangeable between the first and last cars. Indeed, there were changes of some sort just about every year. 
 
Most available Beetles are from the 1960s or 1970s; earlier cars rarely come onto the market, especially in right-hand drive form. As a result you can expect to buy a Beetle with an 1192cc or 1285cc engine, although by 1967 there was a 1493cc unit too. Even the biggest standard Beetle engine displaced just 1584cc, so running costs are brilliantly low.
 
The 1200 was always aimed at those on a budget; it was last to get brake, suspension and electrical upgrades. The 1302S and 1303S are more usable thanks to their 1600 powerplants, bigger boot, MacPherson strut front and semi-trailing arm rear suspension. The sloped-headlamp design is the purist’s favourite; buy a 1966 or 1967 car and you could have this with 1500 power, making it the pick of the bunch for some. However, pre-67 cars tend to rust less; whatever you buy, if it’s RHD make sure it’s genuine, as many cars have been converted. That’s fine if done properly, but such cars are worth less than original RHD examples.
 
Non-factory convertibles are best avoided, as they tend to leak badly, but if safe they can provide affordable summer fun. Finally, the Beetle is popular with young drivers, plenty of whom have learned or practised their restoration skills on a Bug. As a result, amateur rebuilds abound, so check for uneven panel gaps, wonky welding and distorted panels. 
 

Performance and specs

 
Volkswagen Beetle 1500
Engine 1493cc, four-cylinder 
Power 44bhp @ 4000rpm
Torque 74lb ft @ 2000rpm
Top speed 78mph
0-50mph 11.3sec
Fuel consumption 30mpg
Gearbox Four-speed manual/Three-speed automatic
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 2420mm
Length 4080mm
Width 1585mm
Height 1500mm
Kerb weight 870kg
 

Common problems

 
• Check the jacking points, wheelarches and floorpans for rot, along with the spare wheel well and bumper mountings front and rear. On later cars with MacPherson struts, scrutinise the strut top mountings. Also check the running boards – particularly where they’re mounted to the bodyshell and the sills. The latter incorporate the heater ducts, so wholesale repairs are needed rather than patching. 
 
• Inspect the rear body supports ahead of the driveshafts under the wings, and significant corrosion in the rain gutters is bad news. Lift the back seat; the sound deadening absorbs water, then rots the floorpan. 
 
• The Karmann Cabriolet’s roof wears or gets damaged while the frame rots. From 1972 an all-metal frame was fitted, but earlier cars featured some timber sections. 
 
• All Beetles feature an air-cooled flat-four engine. Noisy when cold, these engines are tough, plus cheap and easy to rebuild. Minor oil leaks are normal, but anything more means a full rebuild is due. Parts for pre-1960 powerplants (1131cc and 1192cc) are scarce, with these engines completely different from later units. Swapping to a later engine will give you better usability and cheaper rebuilds, but you’ll also need to swap to the later gearbox and final drive. 
 
• A four-speed manual gearbox was fitted to most Beetles, but a three-speed automated manual was offered with the 1500 engine. These latter boxes are extremely rare now though. The most likely issue is with worn synchromesh or layshaft bearings, but rebuilt gearboxes are readily available. 
 
• From 1974 rack-and-pinion steering was fitted to the 1303; other cars got a box. Play should be minimal, except for 1972-74 cars. These suffer from rotten inner wings which flex when the steering wheel is turned; it feels like a worn box but it’s actually a weakened structure. 
 
• Axles rust from the inside out. If there’s much clonking and rattling over poor surfaces, assume a replacement axle will be needed. 
 
• Most Beetles have drum brakes all round, but from 1967 the 1500, 1302S and 1303S got discs up front. Everything is reliable, available and affordable, although pre-1960 parts are scarce. 
 
• Butchered interiors are common, so check for damaged trim. Most cars have a painted dash, but some late-1970s Beetles and the 1303 featured a plastic fascia that cracks and splits after years of exposure to the sun; repro replacements are expensive. 
 
• Until 1967, all Beetles featured a 6-volt electrical system; then it switched to a 12-volt set-up. Any car can be converted to 12 volts; for more reliable starting, and for the easier fitment of ancillaries it’s worthwhile. 
 

Model history

 
1945: Production starts, 10 years after the first prototype is built. An 1131cc engine is fitted. 
1949: Karmann cabriolet production starts. 
1950: The Beetle gets hydraulic brakes. 
1954: An 1192cc engine is now fitted. 
1965: There’s now a 1300 engine. 
1966: A 1493cc engine now features. 
1967: A restyle brings vertical headlights, bigger bumpers and dual-circuit brakes, plus 12v electrics for the 1300 and 1500. 
1970: The 1302 brings MacPherson struts up front, plus a 50bhp 1584cc 1302S option. 
1972: The 1303 gets a panoramic windscreen, bigger rear lights. 
1974: There’s now rack-and-pinion steering. 
1978: German production ends; the cars are now made in Mexico. 
1980: Karmann builds the final cabriolet; 330,281 were made. 
1992: There’s now a catalytic converter and electronic fuel injection. 
2003: The final Beetle is made. 
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• www.dubnuts.co.uk
• www.historicvws.org.uk
• www.pre67vw.com
• www.vwocgb.com
 

Summary and prices

 
Not only is the Volkswagen Beetle one of the most iconic cars of all time, it’s a cultural icon that goes beyond the automotive world entirely. While it might be hard to find original or unmolested cars for not a lot of money, the great thing about the Beetle is that it continues to offer the kind of cheap, accessible and DIY motoring that endeared them to the masses in the first place.
 
Prices have moved in recent years, with many people paying a premium for clean original cars, while there is still a thriving scene for the modified cars. Early cars are difficult to find, and rarely come up for sale in the UK, and when they do often sell for upwards of £25,000 in top condition. Oval screen cars (1953-1957) are again quite difficult to find, and start at around £5000, rising to £15,000 for a perfect example. 
 
If you want something fun and easy to look after, then it really has to be one of the later cars. Spares are plentiful, and there are many more around to choose from. You can still find a viable project from the £800 mark, while there are decent runners from around £2000. Pay around £6000 and you should be able to get something really presentable.
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  • Volkswagen - Beetle 1302 - 1970

    €11,750 - €15,275 est. (£10,483.35 - £13,628.36 est.) €11,750 - €15,275 est. (£10,483.35 - £13,628.36 est.)
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  • Volkswagen - Beetle 1.2 - 1978

    €7,100 - €9,230 est. (£6,334.62 - £8,235.01 est.) €7,100 - €9,230 est. (£6,334.62 - £8,235.01 est.)
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  • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 1970

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    Volkswagen Beetle 1970 1302LS in very good condition. 1970 Volkswagen Beetle original convertible version in very good condition. This 1302LS with the straight windshield has beautiful red paint, original Lemmertz GT rims, black interior and a black cabrio top. In Holland since october 8, 1988 and has had only 1 owner. The car has an aircooled 1584 CC 4 cyl 60 HP engine and manual gearbox. Technics in great condition. So a very beautiful Beetle ready for driving. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1970
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  • Volkswagen Beetle Coupe 1971

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    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT Volkswagen Beetle 1300 1971, new paint and interior in very good condition 1971 Volkswagen Beetle 1300.This originally in Holland delivered Beetle has recently become new paint in the original colour Kansas Beige (91D) in combination with a red leatherette interior. In the back there is the 1300 CC, 44 HP air cooled engine. Technics are fully checked in our workshop and in great condition. When you are looking for a very beautiful VW Beetle, ready to drive, this one is a good choice. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1971
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  • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 1976

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    Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet 1303 1976 restored in very good condition The VW Beetle convertible 1303 was built since 1972 and is recognizable by the round windshield. This is an original Volkswagen Beetle 1303 cabriolet, delivered on 11 october 1976. Both the in- and outside are in a restored condition. The paint, chrome, interior, cabriotop etc. are in beautiful condition. The car has a 1300 CC 44 HP engine and 4 speed manual gearbox. The car also has a black Sonnenland cabrio top, black soft top cover and Lemmerz Weltmeister wheels. The car is in Holland since 1998. So a very beatiful restored Beetle convertible, ready for a lot of driving fun. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1976
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  • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 1975

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet 1303 1975, grey metallic in very good condition This is an original 1975 VW Beetle convertible 1303 in colour Diamant Silber Metallic (97A). Both the in- and outside are in a beautiful and very good condition. The paint, chrome, interior etc are very beautiful. The car has had only 1 owner in Holland since 1998. The car has the original 1584 CC 4 cyl 50 HP boxer engine and 4 speed manual gearbox. The car also has a black softtop and Lemmerz-GT wheels. The popularity of this original Beetles is increasing lately, so thiscar is a good combination of driving fun and good investment. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1975
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  • Volkswagen Beetle Coupe 1965

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    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT Volkswagen Beetle 1300 1965, old model, new paint, technics very good 1965 VW Beetle 1300. This old model is very popular thanks to the wide mudguards and round bumpers. Recently the car is painted in colour Ruby Red (L456) and has become a new grey interior, a marvelous and original combination on this 1965 Beetle. The car has a 1285 CC 4 cyl boxer engine with 40 HP. Technics fully checked and in great condition. So a beautiful 1965 Volkswagen Beetle, optically and technically ready for lots of driving fun. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1965
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  • Volkswagen Beetle Coupe 1973

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    1973 Volkswagen Beetle new paint, new interior very beautiful condition 1973 VW Beetle. This original Dutch car has had only 2 owners the past 42 years. Recently the body has becom new white paint, parts of the dashboard in the same colour too. The interior has new black upholstery. The original 1192 CC 34 HP engine is fully checked in our workshop and is in a very good condition. Drives great. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1973
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  • Volkswagen Beetle Coupe 1961

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    Volkswagen Beetle 1961 fully restored, original Germany delivered 1961 VW Beetle in very good condition. Paint in colour green, grey interior, chromeparts etc are fabulous. This car was dilevered on 28 november 1961 at the VW dealer Karl Mohr in Kölner Düren in Germany. Original service booklets are present. The car has a 1493 CC 45 HP engine in very good condition. Drives magnificent. So a very beautiful and technically marvelous Beetle. Car has German title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1961
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  • Volkswagen Beetle 1303 LS cabriolet 1973

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Volkswagen Beetle 1303 LS cabriolet 1973 in good condition This 1973 Volkswagen Beetle convertible has beautiful Lemmerz GT wheels. Both the in- and outside are in good condition with a few minor traces of use. The 1584 CC, 50 HP engine is in excellent technical condition and is easy to handle thanks to the manual gearbox. So a beautiful and nice Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet, ready for lots of driving fun. Car has German title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1973
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  • Volkswagen Beetle Coupe 1976

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Volkswagen Beetle 1976, restored in top condition This Volkswagen Beetle was delivered in 1976. The car has beautiful red paint completely restored in top condition. The interior is white leatherette which is a very nice combination with the beautiful dashboard. The 1300CC, 44HP engine ist completely revised and in top condition. Naturally this Volkswagen Beetle drives fantastic en give guarentee for lots of driving fun. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1976
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  • vw beetle

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    lovely minty green with gold bow. 2000. Brand new MOT. No advisories. 2.0L petrol. Full service history. Low mileage for age. Only 70,000 miles. Alloy wheels. E/windows, stereo. Excellent runner. Very nice example Bargain £595 ono 07824 484933 Littlehampton

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  • Volkswagen Beetle 1200

    £16,000 £16,000

    The Beetle was officially called the Type 1 (and the bus the Type 2). The name Beetle or Kafer was a nickname given due to its shape. The model code for our car is a Type 1 117. 117 refers to the fact that the car is a Deluxe LHD with sunroof. Our car was built at the Wolfsburg plant in January 1965 and is a ’65 model year car. The engine was produced in December 1964, so would suggest it is correct and original to the car. For a “VW enthusiast” like me, 1965 was a significant year for VW where they made some big changes to the Type 1, the majority of the body stampings were revised, which allowed for significantly larger windows. The windshield increased in area by 11% and was now slightly curved, rather than flat. Door windows increased accordingly by 6% (and door vent window edges were canted slightly back), rear side windows 17.5%, and the rear window 19.5%. The result was a more open, airy, modern look. The car still runs 6v (they changed to 12v in ’67) and is powered by a 40hp 1200cc flat four cylinder engine. It has the Deluxe trim package, chrome trim on the exterior, chrome hub caps, fuel gauge, deluxe seat coverings, plus other items.The bumpers are an option for the Euro market (standard in the US) and are known as ‘towel rail’ bumpers. The car is also equipped with a Goldie steel sliding sunroof (‘65my was the first year for this option following the fabric sunroof). It has its original jack, spare wheel and period radio in the dashboard. It has been well restored with a full repaint and interior re-trim. Originally designed by Ferdinand Porsche (yes same man), commissioned by Adolf Hitler, the KDF Wagon (Strength Through Joy) was launched in 1938. Not the best of histories, however I think we all know Adolf wasn’t the nicest of men. It later became the Volkswagen (people’s car) later in its life, and has never looked back.

    • Year: 1965
    • Mileage: 30845 mi
    • Engine size: 1.2
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  • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 1971

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 1971, in good condition This Volkswagem Beetle is delivered in 1971 and has the original colour “Shantung Gelb”and original Lemmerz Weltmeister wheels. The softtop is easy to fold open. The interior is Burgundy which makes a very nice combination with the exterior. The original 1584CC, 50Hp, engine has a manual gearbox in good condition. So a very nice Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1971
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  • Volkswagen Beetle 1966

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Volkswagen Beetle 1966 Ragtop Herbie replica restored This Volkswagen Beetle was delivered in 1966. The car is fully restored and carried out as a Herbie replica with a big sunroof, a so called Ragtop. The ‘Love Bug’ looks really great. This Beetle has the original 1500 CC engine and drives really great. The beautiful interior has blue leatherette and the original dashboard in paint colour with wooden steering wheel. This recognizable Herbie drives great and is a real collector’s item. The Volkswagen has German title.

    • Year: 1966
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  • Volkswagen Beetle 1303 1977

    €22,950(£20,475.99) €22,950(£20,475.99)

    Volkswagen Beetle 1303 cabriolet 1977 in very good condition This is a 1977 VW 1303 Beetle convertible. The car has red paint with black interior, black Sonnenland soft top and beautiful Fuchs ‘look’ wheels. Optical the Beetle is in a beautiful and good condition. Over the last years there was a lot invested in technics, so this is in great condition. The 4 cyl Boxer engine is easy to operate thanks to the 4-speed manual gearbox. So a Beetle cabriolet ready for lots of driving fun. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1977
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    €22,950(£20,475.99) €22,950(£20,475.99)
  • Volkswagen Beetle 1300S 1973

    €11,950(£10,661.79) €11,950(£10,661.79)

    Volkswagen Beetle 1300S 1973, 1600CC, disc brakes This 1973 Volkswagen Beetle was originally delivered in Holland. The car has the marvellous Marina Blau paint and white wall tyres. The 1300S has the original 1600CC engine and disc brakes at the front. The interior has the dashboard in the colour of the paint and black leatherette seats. The VW drives great and looks fabulous. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1973
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    €11,950(£10,661.79) €11,950(£10,661.79)
  • Volkswagen Beetle

    $1(£0.76) $1(£0.76)

    We are over ten years in stainless steel bumpers producing for classical car, so we know how to serve customers best. Our bumpers are made from the solid stainless steel grade 304, 1.5- 2mm thickness and polished. The gloss of bumper is shiny like mirror polish, even better than chrome bumper. Our products also will be never rusty. Contact us soon to get the best style for your cars. The contact details: Ms Cathy Sale departments I am honor to serve customer all over the world

    • Year: pre 1900
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    $1(£0.76) $1(£0.76)
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  • Volkswagen Beetle

    £20,993 £20,993

    Variant name:1300 ,Derivative:MK1 (TYPE 1) ,Variant: 1300 Please Read Our Comments. This Could Be The Best Left In Existence. - Former multiple concours award winner- A truly exceptional example. The story of the Volkswagen Beetle is like no other. Sixty-six years of production, over 21 million examples manufactured, production on five continents etc. In 1933, Ferdinand Porsche designed and developed a 'volkswagen' (people's car). It needed to be a basic, affordable vehicle capable of transporting two adults and up to three children at up to 100kph (62 mph). It finally entered production in 1938 and, while it inevitably evolved over the years, the basic concept was never altered - as enduring a tribute to the genius of Dr Porsche as he could have wished for. 'WET 914K' was sold new in 1972 by the Listerdale Motor Company (part of the Gilder Group) to Raymond Clarke of Wickersley, Rotherham. Apparently his 32-year custodianship was spent improving and conserving the Beetle, whilst never deviating from the original factory specification - he reportedly took it upon himself to strip various parts of the car and reassemble them to finer tolerances and, according to his family, used to clean inside the wheel arches after every journey! The Gilder Group purchased the Bug back from Mr Clarke's estate in 2004 in order to use it for promotional purposes in and around its 19 showrooms. This two-owner 1300 could just be 'the best and most original example still in existence'. It is certainly a multiple concours winner (numerous rosettes come with the car) and totally belies the 66,900 miles it has travelled to date - and is as 'a remarkable testament to Mr Clarke's love of his car'. The Beetle sports eye-catching Orange paintwork teamed with a Black vinyl interior and rides on smart, black-centred alloy wheels. An unrepeatable opportunity. This car exudes charm and will provide great fun and pleasure to the next luck owner for many years.

    • Year: 1972
    • Mileage: 66000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.3
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    £20,993 £20,993
  • Volkswagen Beetle 1500 Cabriolet

    €39,950(£35,643.39) €39,950(£35,643.39)

    Volkswagen Beetle 1500 cabriolet 1970, fully restored This fully restored Volkswagen Beetle 1500 has marvellous Savana Beige paint with a black mohair soft top. The convertible has the original and fully revised 1500 engine. The car also has disc brakes. The interior has comfortable red leather upholstery with the dashboard in the beige paint colour, a really great combination. Car has German title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1970
    For sale
    €39,950(£35,643.39) €39,950(£35,643.39)
  • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 1963

    €44,950(£40,104.39) €44,950(£40,104.39)

    VW beetle cabriolet 1963 fully restored For sale this fully restored 1963 Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet. Beautifull new original VW grey paint, new chrome, new softtop in fabric. Original 1200 CC type 1 engine. Fantastich original interior with period-correct radio and the original white steeringwheel. Seats are brown leather. This is not only a superb looking but also a superb driving old type beetle convertible. Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1963
    For sale
    €44,950(£40,104.39) €44,950(£40,104.39)
  • Volkswagen Beetle 1302 Cabriolet 1971

    €11,950(£10,661.79) €11,950(£10,661.79)

    Trade-in-car, special wholesale price. This is a trade-in-car. A special wholesale price applies to this car. That’s why a trade-in-car will be sold as seen, without guarantee and without inspections. We are sorry but we can’t give this car a foreign registration. Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet 1302 1971 Running and driving 1971 Volkswagen beetle cabriolet. Needs works to do (check the pictures). Nice car for an amateur to drive and work on. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1971
    For sale
    €11,950(£10,661.79) €11,950(£10,661.79)
  • Volkswagen Beetle 1600 Cabriolet 1975

    €19,950(£17,799.39) €19,950(£17,799.39)

    Volkswagen Beetle 1600 cabriolet 1975 in very good condition This VW Beetle convertible was built in 1975 and provided with a beautiful blue paint with renewed chrome and fully chrome wheels. The original 1600 CC injection engine is always very well maintained. Recently the brakes were fully revised, which makes the car drive great. The interior has black leatherette and the original dashboard with wooden steering wheel. This marvellous Volkswagen Beetle is ready for a lot of driving fun. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1975
    For sale
    €19,950(£17,799.39) €19,950(£17,799.39)
  • Volkswagen Beetle 1965

    €10,950(£9,769.59) €10,950(£9,769.59)

    Trade-in-car, special wholesale price. This is a trade-in-car. A special wholesale price applies to this car. That’s why a trade-in-car will be sold as seen, without guarantee and without inspections. We are sorry but we can’t give this car a foreign registration. Volkswagen Beetle 1965 in driver’s condition This is a 1965 VW Beetle with Bahama Blue paint. The Volkswagen drives, brakes and shifts gear. The car has cloth interior with a metal dashboard in the colour of the paint. The car has some traces of use. So a very nice driver’s car.

    • Year: 1965
    For sale
    €10,950(£9,769.59) €10,950(£9,769.59)
  • Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet 1500 1968

    €39,950(£35,643.39) €39,950(£35,643.39)

    Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet 1500 1968 fully restored Between 1966 and 1970 the Super Beetle was produced. This type has a 1500 CC, 44 HP engine and disc brakes at the front. This Super Beetle is fully restored and provided with really marvellous Lotus White paint. (L282), finished with fabulous chrome and a beige softtop. The interior was completely renewed also and provided with two coloured crème and beige cloth upholstery and a magnificent painted dashboard. The interior offers a lot of comfort and is a great combination with the exterior. The fully revised 1500CC engine makes the Beetle drive great. This rare type VW is a pleasure to drive and a good investment also. Car has German title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1968
    For sale
    €39,950(£35,643.39) €39,950(£35,643.39)
  • Volkswagen Beetle

    £6,995 £6,995

    *SIMILAR QUALITY CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. A charming UK VW Beetle 1200 with a huge history file and 61,328 miles. EQUIPMENT Chrome window trim, chrome bumpers, quarter lights, VW bonnet emblem, chrome headlamp rings, bright belt line, ashtray with gear pattern diagram, internal bonnet and fuel filler release, chrome door handles, running boards, hazard lights, interior light, headlight flasher, fresh air vents, sill vents, glove box, twin sunvisors. Dealer options; Seatbelts. EXTERIOR The unmodified and original nature of this delightful UK RHD Beetle 1200 remains a huge testament to the cherished ownership this example has enjoyed. Finished in Volkswagen Marina Blue, (Marinablau - code L54D), the gleaming paintwork boasts a bright pure shine and is guaranteed to please onlookers. Faint blemishes are detectable upon scrutiny and minor remedial cosmetic work has been carried out to uphold the very pretty finish. The vehicle is structurally excellent and the panels are straight and free from corrosion or damage. All chrome bumpers and trim pieces are beautifully bright with the exception of light pitting to the quarter light surrounds. Having avoided the common modification trend, this wonderful matching numbers example remains exactly how Volkswagen intended and represents all that is special about this true motoring icon. INTERIOR The original and unrestored Alabaster Leatherette upholstery and matching door cards remain in excellent order with only a light marking visible on the rear bench. The factory fitted thin two spoke steering wheel along with all switchgear and controls are in superb order and all functions operate perfectly. The headlining is fully intact, tight and free from the common discolouration. Original features such as the dashboard ashtray with gear shift diagram and tyre pressure chart on the glovebox lid are a delight to see. The tidy front luggage area houses the spare wheel sited in a solid and clean front compartment with factory chassis plate still in place. The chassis stamp is also clearly visible underneath the rear bench seat and denotes a build date of August 1970. The correct washer bottle fed off the spare tyre pressure remains fitted and complete but an electric washer upgrade has been carried out. A humble yet functional classic interior, hugely reminiscent of a more modest motoring era. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The original air-cooled rear mounted engine affirms the cars matching number credentials with the engine number prefix ‘D0’ correct for the year and model and matching the V5 document. The spotlessly clean engine bay with an emphasis on originality and meticulous maintenance is clearly evident. A power output of 34bhp and 65ib.ft of torque from its 1192cc displacement delivers performance at a relaxed pace, whilst the unmistakable VW Beetle engine note is delightfully pronounced. The fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox is positive, light and smooth. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES The original pressed steel wheels with as new stainless steel hubcaps are pristine and are shod in matching Toyo 155 R15 tyres, new in 2014, with excellent tread remaining. Dual circuit drum brakes front and rear operate freely, offering modest stopping power when compared to modern vehicles, exactly as they were made! HISTORY FILE This German built 1971 model year example was manufactured in August 1970 and registered new on 5th November 1970. The supplying Volkswagen Main Dealer, Weir Lodge Garage of Surrey, along with other main dealers serviced the car extensively in the early years with 12 VW stamped entries in the original VW Service Record. An order form from VW Dealers Colborne Garages Ltd dated February 1973 and made out to second owner Mr Geoffrey Clark outlines a purchase price of £720, less £150 for his Morris 1100 Traveller taken in part exchange! Furthermore, a colossal history folder contains a huge collection of receipts and invoices for service and maintenance throughout the vehicles entire lifetime. The dealer supplied instruction manual and operating handbooks have been kept along with the original VW Diagnosis Punch Card Booklet. Evidence of enthusiast ownership extends even to the factory paint code sticker removed and preserved inside the Service Record cover! A delightfully genuine example, one which offers a real testament to the devoted ownership and careful upkeep bestowed upon the car. MOT July 2017, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/177AnT6XmT4 To see a complete set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://www.flickr.com/gp/kgfclassiccars/25Z4t5 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Mileage: 61328 mi
    • Engine size: 1.2
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