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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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Last updated: 6th Oct 2016
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  • Volkswagen - Beetle 1200 - 1983

    €6,500 - €8,450 est. (£5,921.50 - £7,697.95 est.) €6,500 - €8,450 est. (£5,921.50 - £7,697.95 est.)
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    Auction Date: 01 Jan 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 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 Cabriolet 1971

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    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet 1971 dark blue in very good condition The most iconic Volkswagen is the Beetle. 20 million of these icon were built between 1938 and 2003. A popular version was the convertible. This beautiful convertible is in very beautiful condition. The metallic blue paint is wonderful in combination with the white cabrio top. The car has had only 1 owner since 1990 and was fully restored. Optical and technical in very good condition. The car has the original 1285CC, 4 cyl, 60 HP boxer engine and manual gearbox. The VW Beetle is an interesting 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: 1971
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  • Volkswagen Beetle 1978

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet 1303LS 1978 in very good condition 1978 VW Beetle convertible in very good condition. The luxurious 1303LS model. The car has been very well maintained. Beautiful paint, beautiful interior, beautiful softtop and the original rims with the original VW axle caps. Ready for lots of drivingfun. 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: 1978
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  • Volkswagen Beetle 1975

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Volkswagen Beetle convertible 1975 in very good condition A really marvelous VW Beetle cabriolet, built in 1975 and in a very good restored condition. Paint, interior and chrome are very beautiful. Colour black with black interior and burgundy red top, very chic. A 1600 CC 47 HP engine combined with a 4-speed manual gearbox. Drives great. When you are looking for a very beautiful and chic Beetle, 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: 1975
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  • Volkswagen Beetle

    €11,000(£10,021) €11,000(£10,021)

    This beautiful Beetle 1200 from 1963 is imported from Sweden in 2015. The Beetle is fitted with a tow bar and a period roof rack. Still present are the original instruction book and lubrication map (smörjkort). The APK (Dutch MoT) expires on 20 January 2019. More information on: www.kucarfa.nl

    • Year: 1963
    • Mileage: 62500 mi
    • Engine size: 1.2
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  • VW Beetle.

    £500 £500

    Volkswagen Beetle Black Manual Petrol 2.0. Year 2000.  106,000 miles, 10 months mot, 3 door hatch, wonderful VW engine, safe spacious car. £500. Tel 07414 594894 Uckfield 

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  • Volkswagen Beetle Coupe 1952

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Volkswagen Beetle ‘Split window’ 1952 restored in very good condition The oldest Beetle after the prototypes of the thirties is the so called ‘Split window’. He got the name because of the divided rear window.This is a 1952 VW Beetle in very good restored condition. The paint, chrome, interior etc are really beautiful. The 1.2 ltr 30 HP engine is fully checked in our garage. Drives great. The ‘Split window’ is very rare. So a very beautiful Volkswagen Beetle ready to drive. Car has european 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: 1952
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  • Volkswagen Beetle Coupe 1972

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Volkswagen Beetle 1972 new black paint in very good condition 1972 VW Beetle. In 2015 this original Dutch car was repainted in black by a Beetle specialist, got new coverplates, new roof trimming and a lot of other new parts, so the car is in a very good condition. The car also has red wheels with chrome wheel caps, beautiful chrome bumpers and a black interior. The 1192 CC, 40 HP, 4 cyl Boxer engine is fully checked and makes the car run fabulous. So a really beautiful VW Beetle, 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: 1972
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  • Volkswagen Beetle 1970

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    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT Volkswagen Beetle 1970 dark blue in Topcondition 1970 VW Beetle in very good condition. Paint is dark blue with a new black interior. Paint, chrome etc are very beautiful. The car has the 1192 CC 34 HP engine and manual gearbox. Technics are fully checked in our workshop and in excellent condition. When you are looking for a beautiful VW Beetle, ready for driving, this car is an excellent 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: 1970
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  • Volkswagen Beetle 1973

    £1,100 £1,100

    OFFERS WILL BE CONSIDERED... Great project for clic car enthusiasts. Work necessary along with optional restoions. Rarely driven for a year, engine replaced around 3 years ago, some welding work needed underneath car and some other minor work i.e. headlight reflectors need replacing, driver seat roller rail ball needs replacing. Additional information available on request.

    • Mileage: 56000 mi
    • Engine size: 1300
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  • Volkswagen Beetle

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    Welcome to PTT Bumpers! We specialize in manufacturing stainless steel bumper, so our bumpers are always available for sales in new condition and high quality. And our company has been operating for over 10 years in stainless steel bumper for classic car .The best bumper is made of solid stainless steel grade 304, 1.5- 2mm thickness and polished. Back side of bumper is covered by 3 painted coats to protect bumper from chemicals, weatherelements. And these paint coats will make back side more smoothly, and wonderfully. The gloss of bumper is shiny like mirror polish, even better than chrome bumper. These bumpers will be never rusty. And the bumpers are duplicated from original sample bumper for fitting, shape, dimension etc.... Specially: Our Company also process for all items which made of metal such as copper, steel, aluminum, etc… For any more information, please fell free to contact me. We are honored to serve customers around the world The contact details: Ms. Anna Sales Department PHAM TAN TAI CO., LTD.

    • Year: 1953
    • Mileage: 100 mi
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    Anna Nguyen
  • 1949 Volkswagen Beetle Sedan

    $69,500(£53,994.55) $69,500(£53,994.55)

    It could easily be argued that the Volkswagen Beetle (officially designated the Type 1) is the most popular and most recognizable car ever produced. Like the Ford Model T before it, the Volkswagen put a nation (and the world) on wheels thanks to its low cost and elegant mechanical simplicity. Despite its somewhat dubious roots within the Third Reich, the VW Beetle proved immensely popular in the post war years, particularly in a recovering Europe. In the US market, this funny little rear-engine car took some time to catch on, but once it did, it became immersed in popular culture, particularly through the 1960s. Many great mechanics and race car builders got their start tinkering with Beetles thanks to their simplicity, ease of service and surprising potential. A staggering 21.5 million examples were built between 1938 and 2003, becoming the longest running, highest selling, single-platform vehicle in history. From the first car to the last, changes were made not for the sake of change but always with the purpose of improvement and refinement. 1949 marked a major milestone for VW, as the year the very first Beetle was imported to the US market by the daring and brilliant Max Hoffman. Max Hoffman Imports had a bustling showroom in New York, and he was one of the most influential players in the European motoring industry, responsible for translating American tastes to European companies, along the way ensuring the success of companies like BMW, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche established themselves in the fickle American marketplace. While the Beetles of the 60s and 70s are most familiar to the general public, it is the cars built in the 1950s and earlier that attract the most attention from serious collectors and enthusiasts. They are considered the purest of form, and are also among the rarest given the lower production numbers and high attrition rate. True to the original design by Dr. Porsche, the shape is subtle yet complex, with form following function in a classic Teutonic manner. The earliest years of Volkswagen production were limited, with production truly gearing up after WWII was over and Germany was in recovery. This 1949 Volkswagen Type 1 is a beautifully and recently restored example finished true to original specification. The body is outstanding, with lovely Pearl Grey paint laid down over excellent panels. Decklids fit beautifully and the doors shut solidly with excellent gaps. It has a wonderful, simple charm to it, and the paint work is expertly finished, carefully executed to not appear too glossy but with a period appropriate sheen that lends the car a factory-fresh appearance. The bumpers are excellent, as are lamp bezels on the correct Bosch lenses. Plain, painted steel wheels wear blackwall tires and simple chrome hub caps emblazoned with the VW logo. Semaphores in the B-pillars harken back to the car’s prewar roots and the distinct lack of trim and brightwork recalls the VW’s singular purpose as the car of the people. Charming simplicity continues inside where the accommodations are about as basic as you can get, however the impeccable quality of the restoration shines through in expertly fit fabric seat upholstery and fine quality detailing front and rear. Kick panels and sills are covered in German squareweave carpet and the floors lined in fluted rubber mat. The dash is about as uncomplicated as you can get, housing a speedometer, glovebox and little else. What switchgear there is (for headlamps, wipers and turn signals) is correct. The cabin is the perfect antithesis to today’s needlessly complex automobiles that are full of distractions; this is a tool for driving, something you use to get from point to point as efficiently as possible, and yet the VW accomplishes its purpose in such an endearing way. A correct 1131 cc horizontally opposed four cylinder sits out behind the rear axle line. The engine number (1-0135937) corresponds with both the chassis and serial numbers on the data tag and stampings in the body. The engine is carefully and properly detailed with period appropriate parts such as the brown-top Bosch coil and distributor cap, and black lacquered ignition leads. Engine sheet metal is beautifully restored and painted in a semi-gloss black as correct. It is exceptionally clean and tidy, showing almost no use since the restoration. This is a beautifully presented Beetle; a highly desirable example from the early days of this iconic machine and a pure, simple joy to drive. This example’s fresh and immaculately prepared restoration make it immediately ready for show and enjoyment.  

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  • Volkswagen Beetle

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    For Volkswagen Beetle/ Bug Bumper- EU Style (1955-1967) a kit includes : 1 Front bumper, 1 Rear Bumper, 4 Overriders.

    • Year: 1957
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    Anna Nguyen
  • 1976 VW Beetle 1303 Cabriolet

    £19,995 £19,995

    This stunning, 25,000 miles from new VW Beetle left the factory on the 21st October 1976 in L52K Barrier Blue with Pale Sand hood. The VW is a genuine 1303 Convertible, 1.6 litre built in Osnabrueck, Germany for the US market. The car comes with a fabulous history to include its original service book confirming its Delivery Inspection at VW Motors Corp in Georgia at 106 miles. Further services were carried out at 2434 and 7539 miles. The VW left Atlanta, Georgia (original US logbook with the car) in 1980 and was shipped to the UK. We have an MOT certificate from 1983 and invoices from 1982 to 1983 for maintenance in Wales before it was left untouched in the long terms owners garage for almost thirty years. In 2013 the VW was subject of a major restoration that was carried out to an excellent standard. All the panels are still original and no welding work was required and on completion the VW took first prize at a major VW show in South Wales. The car was restored to its original specification, still in its original colour of Barrier Blue with its original grid Scar Parchment interior. The condition is truly exceptional with stunning paintwork and bodywork, a wonderful upholstery, b

    • Year: 1976
    • Mileage: 25000 mi
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  • 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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  • Volkswagen Beetle

    £12,995 £12,995

    *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 desirable RHD 1965 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 with 61,715 miles and one owner. EQUIPMENT Chrome window trim, chrome bumpers, bumper overriders, bezel vents, sill vents, chrome wheel covers, chrome driver’s door mirror, chrome bonnet line and side trims, running boards, horn pad with Wolfsburg crest, heater control levers mounted on the tunnel, interior light, assist straps, headlight flasher, glove box, door pockets, chrome rear view mirror, twin sun visors, grab handle. Dealer options: Seat belts, Blaupunkt radio. EXTERIOR This beautiful and unrestored Beetle is finished in classic Volkswagen Seesand (Code L-568). The paintwork has a uniform bright finish with some hazing to the bonnet, roof, and paint thinning to the passenger door top. The chrome brightwork boasts a terrific shine with just some minor pitting on the bumpers and wing indicator bezels. This August 1965 build is a very early and factory correct ‘66 model year. The revised ’66 features fitted to the car include a 1300 emblem to the rear engine lid, ventilating wheel slots and revisions to the suspension and wheel bearings. A remarkable example that is wonderfully preserved and truly represents the factory build specification often lost through advancing years. INTERIOR The black leatherette upholstery has remained exactly as Volkswagen intended with no modification whatsoever. The original seats have suffered no damage at all and the structure of each seat has retained all integrity to offer surprising comfort! The factory original steering wheel with Wolfsburg crest and semi-circular horn bar is immaculate, as are all additional functions and controls. Factory correct ’66 model year features such as the headlight dimmer switch mounted on turn signal and centre-dash defroster are clear for all to see. The correct Blaupunkt period radio remains in situ. All matching door cards and the rubber flooring are in fantastic condition, as is the headlining which has just very slight discolouration on the edges. A truly fantastic testament to years of fastidious and cherished ownership. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The matching numbers air-cooled rear mounted engine is housed in a beautifully clean engine bay with factory sound deadening still present. This is the only year the 1285cc engine was used in the Beetle with a power output of 50bhp at 4600 rpm to deliver a top speed of 74mph and 34.5mpg. The unmistakable VW Beetle engine note is delightfully pronounced but completely unobtrusive. The fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox of single plate dry clutch type operates perfectly offering light and precise progression throughout the range. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Five pristine pressed steel wheels painted in original pearl white and black centres, feature the ’66 model year ventilating slots for aided brake cooling and are shod in matching period looking Firestone F-560 165 R15 tyres with masses of tread still remaining. The chrome hubcaps are factory originals and show only the faintest pitting. Single circuit braking system with drums all-round offer modest stopping power with a firm pedal action a necessity, exactly as they were made! HISTORY FILE This unmolested example was bought by a Mr Ian Hudson on 5th November 1965 and has remained in his care throughout. A now retired Volkswagen mechanic with a reputation for outstanding VW knowledge, the car was transferred into his garage name, Hudson Autos in 2008. A cherished family vehicle that has only covered 61,715 miles in its 51 years evokes strong memories especially with his son, Darren Hudson, who would dearly love the car to go to a caring home. Darren would be happy to share his memories with any would be new custodian. With the history file containing the original owner’s handbook, old tax discs and MOT certificates. This brilliant and unmolested beetle is ready to be enjoyed and preserved for many years to come. MOT January 2018, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/OpTCUh6Qstw To see a complete set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskTDCAE9 '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: 61715 mi
    • Engine size: 1.3
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