Lot 324 - 1977 Volkswagen Beetle Baja
|Odometer reading||78,669 km|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £8,000|
Baja Bugs originated in Southern California in the late 1960s as an inexpensive answer to the successful Volkswagen-based dune buggies of the mid-1960s. The first fibreglass Baja kit (bug-eye kit) was not introduced until 1969. In the early days before fibreglass body panels became available, enthusiast and racers simply made their own modification to both the body and mechanics of a stock VW to develop a machine suited to harsh, off-road environments. The metal bumpers and front and rear aprons of the car would be partially cut away to allow more for ground clearance and suspension travel whilst also leaving the engine totally exposed to aid cooling. A tubular steel cage front and rear bumper is fitted to the body and floor pan for protection of engine and occupants.
Manufactured in 1977, this is a genuine Beetle Baja and is thought to have only had two owners from new. The original owner purchased the car in the U.S. for his daughter as an 18th birthday present and on moving to the UK, brought the car with them. At the time it was believed to be the only genuine Baja in the UK; it is not known how many are here today although the numbers are thought to be very low. The current vendor has owned the Volkswagen since 1993 and is only selling her due to lack of suitable storage space. This Beetle Baja is fitted with a 1660cc hi-performance engine, twin Kadron carburettors and is said to produce some 100bhp. With the exception of both doors, this VW is largely original including the Californian bubble rear windows, leather and velour seats and pearlescent white coachwork. Genuine Californian Baja's are rare; this example comes with a great history folder and is sure to create interest from VW enthusiasts.