Lot 146 - 1954 Volkswagen Beetle (Oval Rear Window)
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
The Volkswagen Beetle was produced from 1938 until 2003. With over 21 million manufactured in an air-cooled, rear-engine and rearwheel drive configuration, it is the longest-running and most manufactured car of a single design platform anywhere in the world. During the 1950's, it 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.
This 62 year old Beetle has been totally restored over the last couple of years with virtually no expense spared. The 1300cc twin port engine has undergone a complete rebuild, the brakes have been overhauled and a disc brake conversion fitted. The bodywork has been repaired/restored and painted in a deep maroon, to a high standard, the interior has been re-trimmed. A shortened 'slamwerks' front axle has been fitted and ride height lowered by 2 inches, she sits on a brand new set of wheels and tyres. A retrosound stereo and MP3 player with a period facia has been installed combining the best of the old with the up to date options. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a history file, this Volkswagen is one of the finest examples we have seen and taking into account the rarity factor of an 'oval rear window' Beetle and the investment required to restore a car to this condition, this Volkswagen could well prove to be a bargain.
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