1953 Volkswagen BeetleSOLD


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Estimate: $15,000-$25,000 US

Sold: 24,200

36bhp, 1,192 cc horizontally-opposed air-cooled four-cylinder engine, Solex one-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with transverse torsion bars, rear suspension by swing axles with tailing arms and torsion bars, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5"

Without a doubt, the most influential compact car to land on U.S. soil was the now-legendary Volkswagen Beetle, affectionately nicknamed the “Bug” by a smitten American public. Officially known at first as the Type 1, the Beetle evolved from the prewar KdF-Wagen, translated as “Strength through Joy”. Conceived from the experiments of Project 12 at the Porsche facility, engineers settled on a revolutionary rear-mounted engine with a simple yet effective platform chassis. The car underwent countless revisions, and 30 prototypes were built by 1935. Eventually, the Series 38 design would embody the Beetle, as we know it today.

This extremely attractive 1953 Volkswagen Beetle shows less than 31,000 kilometers from new, and was formerly part of a German museum collection. Built in June 1953, it is a very early oval-window example and is offered complete with a period correct roof-mounted luggage rack and period luggage, as well as zippered protective luggage covers, known as “travel suits”. The car is offered in highly detailed, correct and remarkably original condition. Although the original engine is no longer with the car, it was replaced with a correct, documented unit, featuring correct finishes and labels, as well as the original carburetor tag. The luggage compartment, engine bay and underbody are clean and well detailed, with correct finishes and components throughout.

With just one repaint in its original Sahara Beige in 1997, the Beetle includes European-specification headlights and turn signals, a driver’s side rearview mirror, semaphores, the original glass and windshield, “heart” taillights, pop-out rear quarter windows, and two-tone painted steel wheels with bright hubcaps. The original interior retains its excellent, original tan cloth upholstery and headliner, a Petri banjo-type steering wheel, a Blaupunkt multi-band radio, a large dash-mounted speaker and coat hooks with grab handles. The carpeting has been renewed with factory correct square weave carpeting and correct controls and knobs are visible throughout.

In its heyday, the Beetle was praised around the world as a model of affordable yet delightful practicality. This 1200 cc example will continue to receive the highest acclamation wherever it is showcased.

Reference Number 38538

as of 2/10/2009

Car 1953 Volkswagen Beetle
VIN 10499753 
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