One of the 20th Century’s truly great automobiles, the Volkswagen ‘Beetle’ lived down its origin as Hitler’s ‘people’s car’, going on to become an all-time best-seller and cult classic. The Beetle was continuously updated from the time post-war production commenced, under British military supervision, in 1945, acquiring subtly altered coachwork, improved running gear and larger engines. Development proceeded slowly in the immediately post-war years. There were numerous detail improvements but the model range – standard and ‘export’ saloons plus the Karmann-built cabriolet – remained unchanged from 1949 to 1965. The first major change to the original design occurred in 1953 when a larger, 1,192cc engine was introduced on the ‘1200’ model. Export models were built to a higher specification, incorporating hydraulic brakes and synchromesh gears, but even as late as 1962 the standard saloon was being built with cable brakes and a non-synchromesh gearbox! By the time European production ceased in 1974 a staggering 21,000,000-plus Beetles of all types had been made.
This example of the classic VW Beetle has been wonderfully restored with bills in excess of 20,000 euros and certainly warrants closer inspection. Finished to a high standard it is offered with Italian title.