Lot 297 - 1978 Volkswagen Beetle (Last Edition)

Lot 297 - 1978 Volkswagen Beetle (Last Edition)

Lot 297 - 1978 Volkswagen Beetle (Last Edition)

Lot Number 297
Registration TOP951S
Chassis Number 1182007322
Engine Number D1417470
Odometer reading 27,945 miles
Estimate £12,000 - £16,000
Result Sold - £12,880

The Beetle, much like the Mini, is a true icon of 20th Century motoring and occupies a significant position in the hearts and minds of drivers and enthusiasts. It is the longest-running and most manufactured car of a single design platform anywhere in the world. Although produced in Mexico from 1967, it was in the beginning of 1978 when the cancellation of production in Germany meant that the Mexican Volkswagen Beetle started to be exported to European markets, including West Germany and other countries.

With the cancellation of production at the Wolfsburg factory, the Käfer as it was known in Germany, was celebrated with a final edition which was limited in numbers with just 300 units exported to the UK from Wolfsburg. In 2003 VW announced the end of production and the final original Type 1 VW Beetle (No. 21,529,464) rolled off the production line at Puebla, Mexico, on 30th July 2003.

This example is one of the final 300 last edition cars delivered to the UK. It is presented with gleaming silver coachwork and blue leather interior, an upgrade performed by the vendor when the car was fully re-trimmed following a restoration. The car presents in better condition now than when it rolled off the Wolfsburg production line. TOP 951S is labelled 'Maverick' as it was rumoured to be the stray number 301, however we have no evidence of this and the Last Edition Beetle Register can neither confirm or deny its status. This Beetle is offered with a new MoT test certificate and fitted with Porsche 356 wheels. It is described as immaculate and certainly presents itself to this effect. It would be safe to say that this is one of the best examples on offer today.

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.

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