Lot 205 - 1971 13105 Beetle 1300
|Odometer reading||82,000 miles|
|Estimate||£5,500 - £6,500|
|Result||Sold - £5,376|
The Volkswagen Beetle was produced from 1938 until 2003. With over 21 million manufactured in an air-cooled, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive configuration, it 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 three owners from new and has been in the same family since 1988. Subject to a restoration three years ago, the interior is described as completely untouched and original - the only deviations being the electronic ignition and, in order to future proof the engine, the current owner has recently replaced the rings and decoked the heads. The engine is also described as leak free and will be tuned and serviced prior to auction.
This bug is supplied with a box full of receipts and the genuine VW factory workshop manual. With a fresh MoT and road tax, the current owner vouches for the car driving without fault but due to the lack of use would like to see it being enjoyed and appreciated by a new owner.
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.