Lot 361 - 1971 Volkswagen Beetle 1300
|Odometer reading||25,690 miles|
|Estimate||£8,500 - £10,500|
|Result||Sold - £8,120|
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 most obvious visual changes being 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 which 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 1971 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 has only had two 'same-family' owners from new, changing in 2001 to the second keeper, who is the grandson of the first owner. The car, named 'Betsy' by the original owner, was originally purchased to travel from London to a family wedding in Wiltshire - even now this remains the longest single trip the car has ever made! Thereafter, it was used more or less exclusively to take the first owner to a local cemetery to visit a family grave. This accounts for the genuine and verified low mileage of only 25,700 miles. The car has been garaged all its life and was always dried thoroughly if ever used in the rain. This VW Beetle is supplied with V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in November 2013, the original handbook and service book showing the detailed service history, the original, genuine spare tyre, jack and tool kit and a file of old invoices and MoT's. It is obvious to the eye that the rear seats have been seldom sat in and the pristine condition of the vehicle throughout is testament to its incredible low mileage.
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.