Najbardziej pożądanymi Volkswagen’ami Garbusami są te wyprodukowane przez 1968 rokiem, ze względu na czystość i prostotę designu. Solidnie zbudowane z wysokiej jakości materiałów, z prostą, metalową deską rozdzielczą i chromem na zderzakach, wciąż raczą swoim klasycznym urokiem. Typ 1 wystawiony na aukcji w Scottsdale wręcz zachwyca swoim stanem zachowania, oryginalnym włącznie z doskonale zachowanym, winylowym wnętrzem. Tu nawet powłoka lakiernicza jest częściowo fabryczna, o czym świadczy zachowana na tylnej klapie naklejka dealera Traverse Motors. Aby zafundować sobie tak utrzymanego Beetle’a zgodnie z wyceną powinno wystarczy 20 – 30 tys. dolarów (około 123 tysięcy złotych), udało się go kupić taniej, gdyż samochód licytowany był bez ceny minimalnej i osiągnął 18 700 dolarów.
1965 Volkswagen Beetle Sedan
Chassis no. 115705098
Engine no. 9497241
$20,000 – $30,000
To be auctioned on Thursday, January 19, 2017
Type 1. 40 bhp, 1,192 cc horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine with a Solex carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms and transverse torsion bars, rear suspension by swing axles with trailing arms and torsion bar, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5 in.
Offered from the Mohrschladt Family Collection
Largely original and unrestored
Fewer than 25,400 actual miles
A wonderfully preserved Beetle with exceptional charm
The most desirable Volkswagen Beetles among enthusiasts are those built prior to 1968, due to the purity of their design. Solidly built of quality materials, they retained the charm of the early Beetles, including their metal dashboards, chrome bumpers, simple dashboard controls, low seat backs, and six-volt electrical systems, without the cumbersome modifications made to later cars to meet new safety standards.
The 1965 Beetle Sedan (as the coupe was called) offered here is one of the favorite vehicles in the Mohrschladt Family Collection, as the latest of many fine Beetles that Henry Mohrschladt has owned in a lifetime of “Bug” enthusiasm. A wonderfully preserved car, it still wears the majority of its original finishes, including a beautiful patinaed original vinyl and cloth interior and original Sekurit glass, and is thoroughly clean and attractive throughout. The engine is strongly believed to be original. The body appears to have been partially repainted the original Panama Beige, particularly the doors, but much of the finish is nonetheless original, with the decal from selling dealer Traverse Motors of Traverse City, Michigan, still visible on the rear deck.
While the Beetle’s original owner is not known, past caretakers were Wallace H. Smith of Harbor Springs, Michigan, and later Ladue, Missouri, in the 1980s. It later returned to Michigan in the ownership of Margaret Ellen Fowler of East Jordan in 1991. The car is documented by a selection of original registrations and by its original plastic folio of manuals and service booklets from 1965. Most impressively, a title on file indicates that its fewer than 25,400 miles are the actual mileage since new.
Numerous Beetles are always on the market, but few have the originality and charm of this “survivor,” which looks much as it did on the sandy shores of Traverse City back in 1965.