Lot 233 - 1969 Volkswagen Beetle 1300
|Odometer reading||58,700 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,352|
The VW Beetle is a true icon of 20th Century motoring and occupies a significant position in the minds and hearts of drivers and enthusiasts across the globe. The Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform anywhere in the world with over 21 million cars produced between 1938 and 2003. The '1300' model was launched in 1966 and provided the biggest one-time jump in power output - by a whopping 25% to 50bhp. The 1960's brought great strides in motorway development and VW's competitors were building ever faster cars to cover the tarmac. The '1300' was fundamental in ensuring that the Beetle was able to keep up with the modern pace. With tighter gearing and having been tuned also for higher rpm, the nimble acceleration of the '1300' was also more than a match for the later models in the form of the 1500 & 1600 and these characteristics have made the '1300' one of the most nostalgic and desired classic Beetle incarnations. Criticised for over-steering characteristics, VW deployed a double jointed rear axle from 1969 which all but eliminated the problem making the '1300' a truly well balanced and highly capable machine.
This righthand drive UK car was first registered on 1st May 1969. Optioned in Sea Sand with black vinyl upholstery, the three previous owners had the car for 9, 11 and 24 years respectively before a father and then his son's most recent ownership. Cherished throughout its life, genuine VW parts have always been used and every effort taken to keep the car as close as possible to when it left the factory, even down to the five brand new period style Toyo 330 165/80 profile tyres. Consequently this car not only looks like a timewarp example but also sounds and feels like a brand new Beetle to drive. This fastidiously maintained, low mileage example is presented in pristine condition and is a good candidate for a collector looking for a potential concours show piece.
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