Lot 204 - 1970 Volkswagen Beetle (1300cc)
|Estimate||£5,000 - £7,000|
|Result||Sold - £6,944|
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. In March 1953, the small oval two-piece rear window was replaced by a slightly larger single-piece window. More dramatically, in August 1957, a much larger full width rear window replaced the oval one. Part of the cult status is attributed to it being one of a few cars with an air-cooled, horizontally opposed engine design and the consequent ease of repair and modification, instead of the more conventional and technically complex water-cooled engine design. 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, 'Herbie'.
Originally imported from the US on 1st May, 1971, this extremely well presented example has been used and enjoyed for the last 42 years. It was then restored in 2009, the process taking a full 12 months and completed to a very high standard. The interior trim has utilised quilted leather from a modern Bentley and up-rated communications such as a JVC KD-NX5000 stereo with Europe-wide satellite navigation, SD card media player and wifi connectivity are fitted. The front windscreen is heated and the headlights benefit from Xenon bulbs. Supplied with a UK registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until February, 2014, this subtly enhanced Beetle presents well both inside and out.
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