Lot 164 - 1972 Volkswagen Beetle 1200
|Estimate||£8,000 - £10,000|
The Volkswagen Beetle was produced from 1938 until 2003. With over 21 million manufactured in an air-cooled, rear-engine, 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 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. 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 - called 'Herbie'.
This delightful Volkswagen was originally registered on 13th October 1972 and has only had three former keepers in its 44 years on British roads. Fitted with the 1192cc engine, we are advised it drives exceedingly well with no known faults. The white coachwork is in good order as is the contrasting black trim. Beetles have a strong following and a vehicle as sound as this one is sure to create interest amongst the VW fraternity. This Beetle is supplied with a V5C registration document, a full year's MoT test certificate and some service history.
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