Lot 258 - 1969 Volkswagen Beetle 1300
|Odometer reading||34,900 miles|
|Estimate||£7,500 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,408|
The Volkswagen Beetle was produced from 1938 until 2003. With over 21 million manufactured in an air-cooled, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive configuration, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform anywhere in the world. During the 1950's, the car was modified progressively; the obvious visual changes mostly concerned the rear windows. Towards the end of 1964, the height of the side windows and windscreen grew slightly, giving the cabin a less pinched look; this coincided with the introduction of a very slightly curved 'panoramic' windscreen. The same body appeared throughout 1966, with a 1300cc engine in place of the 1200cc engine; it was only in the 1973 model Super Beetle that it displayed an obviously curved windscreen. It has been regarded as something of a 'cult' car since its 1960's association with the hippie movement and surf culture. The Beetle has made numerous appearances in Hollywood films; most notably Disney's 'The Love Bug' comedy series from 1968 to 2005, starring as a pearl-white, 1963 Beetle - racing number 53 - called 'Herbie'.
This stunning righthand drive 1969 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 has only had two owners with a total mileage of 34,900 miles from new. The first owner purchased the car on 5th August 1969 and was meticulous regarding the interior, never removing the plastic covers from the seats. He was just as meticulous with the exterior and never took the car out in the rain! The vendor purchased the car in 1995 as a 21st birthday present when the car had covered 34,400 miles. The owner's father noted that there was car park damage to the bodywork so he had the car repainted matching the original colour and while in her ownership the car has only covered a further 500 miles. Finished in blue with off white interior, this VW Beetle has still never been used in the rain, has always been fully maintained and the mileage is verified by the service book and the MoT test certificates. This magnificent Beetle 1300 is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in March 2014, a service book and invoices giving a full service history, old MoT test certificates showing the mileage and the original handbook. Opportunities to purchase any classic car that comes with such a history and in such good condition are very rare - especially ones which have become iconic and have a culture all of their own!
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.