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Monday 2 September 2019

1959 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 Saloon - .BONHAMS AUCTIONS The Beaulieu SaleCollectors' Motor Cars & Motorcycles and Automobilia Saturday 7th September 2019 Beaulieu, National Motor Museum


The Beaulieu SaleCollectors' Motor Cars 
& Motorcycles and Automobilia
Saturday 7th September 2019
Beaulieu, National Motor Museum

1959 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 Saloon
Registration no. 6672 EV
Chassis no. 2648369


  • One of the 20th Century's truly great automobiles, the Volkswagen 'Beetle' designed by Ferdinand Porsche as the 'people's car', went on to become an all-time best-seller and cult classic. The Beetle was continuously up-dated from the time post-war production commenced, under British military supervision, in 1945, acquiring subtly altered coachwork, improved running gear, and larger engines. By the time production ceased (in Mexico) in 2003 a staggering 21,500,000-plus Beetles of all types had been made. 

    This remarkable un-restored 1959 Beetle has had only four owners from new and retains an estimated 85-90% of its original paintwork, an original interior and matching engine. In 2011 the VW was sold by the family of the previous owner who had kept it for 40 years, storing the car bricked-up in a boiler house next to the family home for a quarter-century. He applied under-seal to the car, strong wide tape to the opening panels inside the car which are still present, and used a set of delivery seat protectors to preserve the interior. Since 2011 the Beetle has been maintained by PR Services and Gary Cook at GDC Automotive (both Porsche specialists) and for the last five years has been used daily in London. Properly serviced, the car boasts a new silencer and heat exchangers, working heater, and has been fitted with flashing indicators (original semaphores now disconnected).

    The history files contain significant sundry bills, including £4,500 spent since 2017, VW brochures, VW Certificate of Origin, a V5C Registration certificate, a petrol ration book, the first owner's driving licence and two copies of Volksworld magazine featuring this car. Other historical documents include letters from a London based VW dealer in the 1960's, an original maintenance book and an unused 1959 service schedule book. It also comes with 3 boxes of parts, some in original 1960s packaging, an original jack, spare headlamps, window grilles, a trickle charger for 6V, car cover, coco fitted floor mats, rubber trunk mat and new correct 6V battery. Unused spare also included.

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