1954 Volkswagen Beetle DeLuxe Oval Window
Estimate (£): 18,000 - 22,000
(+buyer’s premium of 12% including VAT @ 20%)
Offered for sale is a 1.2L 1954 Volkswagen Beetle DeLuxe Oval Window manual that has been with the current owner for the last year. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores an impressive 119 / 135.
Classic Car Auctions says:
A dream come true. One of the best early Beetles we have ever seen...
CCA Condition Report
The Beetle had been restored some years previously so was in substantially good condition, but despite this a full ‘body-off, glass-out’ restoration was carried out to bring it up to the highest possible standard. The body was completely stripped, then cleaned and sprayed in deep blue, the floorpan also being stripped, cleaned and stone chipped, the whole process documented in many photographs and invoices on file.
The interior is all completely new, including original style headlining, beige seat covers and door cards, and ‘coco’ type carpets. The door furniture is either original or to the original style and it even retains the original and now very rare ‘Kienzle’ clock which is in full working order, as is the heating system.
The original type 30hp engine was completely overhauled and is reported to run very sweetly, all the ancillaries being either renewed or restored at the same time.
Conversion to 12v lighting and discreet electric windscreen washer system. As an added safety feature the semaphore indicators have been converted to flashing operation using LED lights.
May 2015 this car was the winner of 'best at show Post war car' at the Ludlow Festival of transport. Photographic record (in excess of 80 photos) kept of restoration carried out between 2013 - 2014.
As the accompanying VW Heritage Certificate confirms, this particular Beetle was built in right-hand drive on 30th August 1954 to 114 DeLuxe specification and was despatched to VW Motors of London on 7th September. Being a 1954 model, it has the sought-after oval rear window, semaphore indicators and small rear lights of the early models but also benefits from the more powerful and free-revving 1.2-litre 30bhp engine which was introduced that year. The original buff log book shows that it was first registered in Preston on 1st October 1954 and it was to remain in Lancashire for the next 60 years
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