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A stunning 1971 Volkswagen Beetle 1300, nearing the end of a painstaking 3 year restoration, with extensive service history and huge photo file.

 

At a glance:

- 1971 VW Beetle 1300 petrol engine with manual gearbox manual

- 128,400 miles

- Massive service history; original VW service book present with huge number of stamps and extensive service history records

- Photo-documentation of the first restoration in 1999 and second restoration from 2016 to 2019

- Extensive nut and bolt restoration (not just a basic respray)

- New floors, sills, heater channels, front nose section with spare wheel well, new rear valance, far too much to list

- MOT and tax exempt, but will be supplied with new 12 month MOT
 

The model:
The Volkswagen Beetle, officially the Volkswagen Type 1, was was manufactured from 1938 until 2003 to satisfy the need for a people's car (Volkswagen in German), its concept and its functional objective was to be as a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for Germany's new road network. Lead engineer Ferdinand Porsche and his team finalised the design in 1938,  the result being the very first Volkswagen. With a total production of 21,529,464 the Beetle is the longest-running and most manufactured car ever made, almost four times more than the iconic classic Mini.

Although designed in the 1930s, due to WW2, civilian Beetles only began to be produced in significant numbers by the end of the 1940s. The car was then internally designated the Volkswagen Type 1, and marketed simply as the Volkswagen. Later models were designated as Volkswagen 1200, 1300, 1500, 1302, or 1303. The car became widely known in its home country as the Käfer (German for beetle) and was later marketed under that name in Germany, and as the Volkswagen in other countries. In France it was known as the Coccinelle (French for ladybird).

 

 

The Beetle featured a rear positioned, rear-wheel drive, air-cooled four-cylinder, boxer engine in a two-door body featuring a flat front windscreen, accommodating four passengers and providing luggage storage under the front bonnet and behind the rear seat. The bodywork attached with eighteen bolts to its nearly flat platform chassis featuring a central structural tunnel. Front and rear suspension features torsion and stabiliser bars providing independent suspension at all wheels. Certain initial features were subsequently updated over the years, but its distinctive overall shape endured. The Beetle was commended for its seemingly unchanged appearance and marketed to American consumers as being anti-GM and Ford's policy of regular model revision - 'We do not believe in planned obsolescence. We don't change a car for the sake of change.''

While the overall appearance of the Beetle changed little over its life span, it received over 78,000 incremental changes during its production. On 17 February 1972 Beetle No. 15,007,034 was produced, surpassing total production of the previous record holder, the Ford Model T. By 1973, total production was over 16 million, and by 23 June 1992, over 21 million had been produced.

The history of this car:
This particular Beetle was first registered on the 1st July 1971, as a 1300 beetle, originally supplied in red. It was loved and cherished over the years, but by the last 1990s, corrosion had started to take hold, so it was fully stripped down in restored in 1999. There is a folder of history which accompanies the car which goes into detail about various owners and works carried out. Around a decade later, by 2010 (the tie of the last MOT) age was again beginning to show and the vehicle was stored from 2011 until 2016 when rescued, at which point the extensive and painstaking nut and bolt restoration began. This has involved a complete strip down and rebuild restoration, with new floors, heater channels, cutting out any rust from the shell and panels, welding in galvanised repair sections, and building the car back up to where it should be. The list of work is too much to outline here, but it has had a huge amount of time and investment; repairs and improvements to the structure, suspension renewal, brake overhaul, engine works, interior (new genuine seat covers, new door cards & carpets) and resprayed in a traditional VW Turkis pastel green. There are a few final touches left to do, carpeting, reconnecting screenwash jets, service, etc. and we hope to complete these prior to sale. There is always a bit of fettling and recommissioning as you would find with any car of this age, but generally the condition of the car is superb.

 

Mileage:

The car has covered 128,400 miles - not really all that much for a 48 year old car, but when they get to this age, condition is more important than miles covered. It is understood from the previous owner that the engine had a major overhaul around 20,000 miles ago. 

Service history:

This car comes with a a huge amount of history covering the initial servicing in the 1970s stamped in the original service book, details of the restorations in 1999 and from 2016 to 2019, and lots more besides.

 

On the road:

The car drives very well, for a 48 year old VW - it’s a real joy to drive any journey, be it long or short. The car starts first time and ticks over smoothly. The car pulls strongly with a pleasing exhaust note. These Beetles can realistically be used as an everyday car or just as a weekend cruiser, perfect for any sunny days, high days and holidays.

 

Engine:
This air cooled boxer engine has four horizontally opposed cast-iron cylinders, cast aluminium alloy cylinder heads and pistons, magnesium alloy crankcase, and forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods. The 1285cc Single port 1965-1970 and Twin port 1971-1975 engine was an improved version of the early design and had dual oil pressure relief valves and a stronger crankshaft with a longer 69mm stroke. Bore diameter was the same as the 1200 at 77 mm. New cylinder heads were employed with new intake manifold geometry. Variations of these engine were produced by VW worldwide from 1936 until 2006 for use in Volkswagen's own vehicles, notably the Type 1 Beetle, Type 2 Bus/Transporter, Type 3 & 4. The engine starts eagerly with the first turn of the key and pulls well through the gears, with the iconic Beetle charming soundtrack.

 

MOT:

The car is both MOT and tax exempt, but will come with 12 months MOT for your peace of mind that all systems are tested and fully operational. It is already registered as a historic vehicle, so will not require any future MOT tests.

 

Pricing:

The value of these iconic cars is expected to increase in the future. The rusty old examples are vanishing rapidly and the good ones are becoming far more scarce. With VW camper prices at very high levels, sooner or later it was inevitable that the Beetle would also became an appreciating investment, particularly the tastefully restored versions. Many predict these cars are going to rise sharply in value over the coming years, as they have more than doubled in value in the last decade. This car is well priced and ready for immediate enjoyment at a very reasonable £7950. It would cost considerably more to purchase a restoration project and then carrying out this level of restoration work...

 

Conclusion:

This is a superb classic Beetle, incredibly rare to find in any condition, let alone with such low mileage and comprehensive history, with excellent paintwork and rust free shell and body, excellent interior, and great mechanicals. It draws admiring glances all the time, with oodles of charm, character and style, and these days looks unlike anything else on the road. The colour is beautiful and shows off the flowing lines and finesse of the fabulous 1970s design. People literally stop in their tracks and look, as these wonderful cars are a less common sight on our roads. If I were forced to choose one of the current stock of vehicles to tuck into a barn for a decade and watch the value rise, I think this would have to be the one. 

MANUAL - 1971 - 1330cc FLAT FOUR - 128,400 MILES - £7,950

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