1973 Volkswagen "Jeans" Beetle (S761)

Lot: 273

Sold for (£): 3,500
Offered for sale is a 1.2L 1973 Volkswagen Jeans Beetle manual that has been with the current owner for over 10 years. Coming with an extensive history file, this lot's condition scores 92 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

1 of only 250 UK examples and recently extensively restored...

  • Launched in 1973 the 'Jeans' was based on the 1200/34bhp model with L16M Tunisian Yellow paint
  • It featured Lemmertz sports wheels, 'Jeans' decals, black chrome parts, and a Denim interior
  • Over £10,000 spent in 2015/16 on bodywork restoration and welding, floorpan repairs etc
  • Engine removed, cleaned and stripped in 2015/2016. It has done less than 1,000 miles since
  • From eleven years of ownership with a good history file
  • With a little detailed cosmetic attention, this rare Beetle could be taken to the next level
  • Previously declared subject of an insurance Total Loss payment in 1988

Lot Details

Registration: UMK 803M RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1973 Engine size: 1.2L
Make: Volkswagen Odometer reading (miles): 0
Model: Jeans Beetle MOT expiry:
Warranted: No Chassis number: 1142216052

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 92 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Some surface rust needs attention and window seals need replacing, but not leaking


Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


Lots of original features, including the Wolfsburg radio, steering wheel and gear lever. Lovely Denim seats (reupholstered within the last 10 years) with functional carpets.


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


Engine removed, cleaned and stripped in 2015/2016. It has done less than 1,000 miles since


Gears: Drive-shaft:


Drives like a dream!

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


All had attention in the 2015/2016 restoration


Minor: Major:


Electrics have been tidied and some re-wiring carried out during the 2015/2016 restoration

Vehicle History


A good history file showing all work done on the 2015/2016 restoration, plus years of receipts, MOTs, Tax discs, and work undertaken by previous owners.

Designed to appeal to a younger market, the original 'Jeans' Beetle, launched in late 1973, was based on the 1200/34bhp model with L16M Tunisian Yellow paint, Lemmertz sports wheels, Jeans stickers on the bottom of the doors, rear quarter and the boot lid - and, of course, distinctive denim seat covers and door cards. Chromework on the bumpers, indicators and headlamp rims was also painted black. It was later available in Phoenix Red, Brilliant Yellow and Marino Yellow.

About the Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history