Lot 123 - 1971 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
The Volkswagen Beetle or 'Bug', 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. Towards the end of 1964, the height of the side windows and windscreen grew slightly, giving the cabin a less pinched look; this coincided with the introduction of a very slightly curved ('panoramic') windscreen although the curve was barely noticeable. The original flat-four boxer design had fewer than 200 moving parts and 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'.
The current vendor of this Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is a very knowledgeable enthusiast and is only selling this lovely example due to him no longer requiring a lefthand drive car as he no longer travels on any European touring holidays. In recent months he has spent a great deal of time on MVW 178J and the car benefits from a new Mohair hood and frame, new rear wheel bearings and the brake system overhauled. In addition to this, electronic ignition has been fitted, together with a new coil and spark plugs. The green coachwork is in very good order as is the interior and the Recaro seats. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 18th May 2016 (no advisories) and with summer just around the corner, this is an opportunity to purchase an extremely pretty classic in fine condition throughout.
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.