Lot 200 - 1974 Volkswagen Beetle 1303S 'Baja Bug'
|Odometer reading||2,656 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
- Received a ground up restoration
- Very low mileage since rebuild
- Rare California-style Baja Beetle
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 was 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 off-roading 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 just cool.
This 1974 Volkswagen Beetle started life as a standard 1303S and was used by the previous owner’s mother as her daily means of transport. In 2010, after the car had passed to her son, it was then dismantled into its individual component parts and over the next two years, at an incredible cost of over £46,000, it was rebuilt in the style of a traditional California-style Baja Beetle by DC Customs of Northamptonshire. According to the registration document the engine size has been increased to 1584cc but this is not confirmed by the vendor. The car was finished in 2012 and the odometer was reset to zero, at the first MoT after the rebuild, in September 2012, it showed two miles on the clock, it now has only 2,500 miles on the clock. The car was purchased by a private collector in 2016 and it has had very little use since the restoration. Finished in blue with blue interior this stunning Beetle is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in 2020 and a history file. This Beetle is a head-turner and is sure to create a lot of interest from VW enthusiasts.
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