One of the 20th Century-s truly great automobiles, the Volkswagen 'Beetle' lived down its origin as Hitler's 'people's car', going 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. Development proceeded slowly in the immediately post-war years. There were numerous detail improvements but the model range - standard and 'export' saloons plus the Karmann-built cabriolet - remained largely unchanged from 1949 to 1965. The first major change to the original design occurred in 1953 when a larger, 1,192cc engine was introduced on the 1200 model. Export models were built to a higher specification, incorporating hydraulic brakes and synchromesh gears, but even as late as 1962 the standard saloon was being built with cable brakes and a non-synchromesh gearbox! Greater window area and revised, ball-jointed front suspension had been among the most significant developments for 1965, while the following year the standard, 34bhp 1200 model was joined by the new 1300 equipped with a more powerful 50bhp engine.
Formerly kept on showroom display, this low mileage (the odometer is currently reading circa 27,000 miles) Beetle 1300 is described by the vendor as in good condition throughout. The car is offered with insurance documents, old V5 registration documents, sundry bills, and a number of expired tax discs and MoTs.
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