Kulturowa ikona, ponadczasowy środek transportu, kochany samochód dla ludu, uroczy Beetle. Niby nic niezwykłego, Volkswagen Garbus jakich wiele, ale wystarczy przyjrzeć mu się dokładniej. Wspaniale zachowany oryginał, przedstawiciel serii z dzieloną tylną szybą, pokryty patyną czasu, z herbem Wolfsburga na masce. Po 50 latach hibernacji w „stodole” ożył po zaledwie podstawowych zabiegach, a prędkościomierz, zegar, światła i wskaźniki dalej działają. 77 tys. kilometrów przebiegu i jeden właściciel dodają tej kapsule czasu wartości. Ten wspaniały okaz zaoferowany na aukcji RM Sotheby’s podczas Retromobile w Paryżu osiągnął cenę 58240 euro.
1952 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle
Chassis no. 1-0331718
Engine no. 1-0400875
25 hp, 1,131 cc horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, front suspension with transverse torsion bars and damper units, rear suspension with transverse torsion bars and damper units, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,387 mm
Rare split rear windscreen example
One owner from 1952 until 2014
Completely original, unrestored, and showing only 77,000 kilometres from new
Retains its original engine
Cultural icon, political statement, mass transport exercise, and even film star—there can be few cars which have crossed as many boundaries as the Volkswagen Beetle, nor engendered quite such affection along the way. With over 21.5 million manufactured between 1938 and 2003, it truly was the people’s car.
One of the last ‘split rear screen’ cars produced, factory records confirm that this example was completed on 4 March 1952 and was dispatched to the Swedish Volkswagen agent Scania Vabis – forerunner of the present day automotive and industrial giant. The first owner was Mr Anton Jannson of Soderby-Karl, near Stockholm, who retained it until 2014, when it was acquired by the vendor.
The term ‘barn find’ is used all too commonly nowadays, but having last been taxed in 1963 and then stored until 2014, there can surely be no more appropriate use of the term than here. Remarkably, after 50 years in hibernation, the car was started up with the minimum of routine maintenance; the vendor reporting that it drove ‘as new’ and that items including the speedometer, clock, lights, and indicators were all found to still be working.
Having covered only 77,000 kilometres, it retains its original bodywork, paintwork, trim, engine, gearbox, tools, and luggage – not to mention the original roof rack, ski holders, and even the original owner’s c. 1950s wooden skis. Furthermore, it is important to note that this beetle is offered with an Italian libretto and has been properly registered for use on the road, rare for such a highly original and unmolested car.
There are perhaps more pristine examples available—undoubtedly some faster or of a superior specification—but surely there can be none more correct, original, or with better provenance that are ready to be driven on the road.