Lot 332 - 1974 Volkswagen Beetle 1303S 'Baja'
|Registration||To be retained|
|Odometer reading||2,487 miles|
|Result||Sold - £15,904|
A Baja Bug is an original Volkswagen Beetle modified to operate off-road, usually open desert, sand dunes and beaches. They originated in Southern California during the decade of free love where anything goes, the music was experimental and the cars often personalised. The Baja revolution in the late 1960s as an inexpensive answer to the successful Volkswagen-based dune buggies of the mid-1960s. Basic modifications were simple, the rear treatment leaves the engine exposed to aid cooling and a tubular steel cage (front and rear bumper) is fitted to the body and floor pan for protection of engine and occupants. The rugged torsion bar front and rear suspension standard on the Beetle, allows it to withstand the rigors of offroading and the rear ride height was easily raised slightly and stiffened to make clearance for larger heavy-duty off-road tires and wheels. The suspension was often extended to allow greater ground clearance and a more comfortable ride. But mostly, they were cool.
This standard 1303cc example was once the property of the vendor's mother and so it was a convenient jumping off point from which to begin a most thorough restoration lasting over two years. Separated into its individual constituent parts, it was then rebuild into traditional California-style Baja Beetle by DC Customs of Northamptonshire. With bills exceed an incredible £46,000 spent during that time; it is little surprise that it represents a truly sensational-looking example, reportedly also driving as good as it looks. Complete with a history file, Vodafone Tracker and MoT test certificate, this classic Baja Beetle is offered, incredibly, at no reserve.
Interested parties should note that this registration number is to be retained and a new age-related number issued instead.