Volkswagen 1200 Beetle 1976

Volkswagen 1200 Beetle 1976 entered into July 25th Classic Car Auction

This remarkable car, having had only one owner from new, and I have to say she is totally original. She was purchased from Loders VW in Dorchester, and lived in Dorset all her life. The one owner was a highly qualified motor engineer and we are told he had the first MOT station in Weymouth, consequently all known areas prone to rust were greased from new, i.e. the headlights, fittings, door hinges, chrome strips etc. and the chassis was wax oiled. It is worth noting she is fitted with the original glass VW spotlights. Service records were kept by the one owner plus all the old MOT’s, and would you believe, all the tax discs. She passed the MOT 300 miles ago, with no advisories. PLEASE NOTE THIS CAR IS COMPLETELY ORIGINAL, it has never been painted or welded, she drives faultlessly. Truly a unique motor car having only covered 47,000 miles.

Available for viewing by appointment.

Condition: 1 plus Estimated sale price: £5,500 – £6,500.

Selling price: £7102

  • Reg number: MEL400P
  • Date of registration:1976
  • Mileage: 47,601 (warranted)
  • MOT: 31/08/2014
  • Tax: 30/09/2014

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Additional information on the VW 1200 Beetle

“The Beetle featured a rear-located, rear-wheel drive, air-cooled four-cylinder, boxer engine in a two-door bodywork featuring a flat front windscreen, accommodating four passengers and providing luggage storage under the front bonnet and behind the rear seat – and offering a coefficient of drag of 0.41. The bodywork attached with eighteen bolts to its nearly flat chassis which featured a central structural tunnel. Front and rear suspension featured torsion bars along with front stabilizer bar – providing independent suspension at all wheels. Certain initial features were subsequently revised, including mechanical drum brakes, split-window rear windows, mechanical direction-indicators and the non-synchronized gearbox. Other features, including its distinctive overall shape, endured.

Its engine, transmission, and cylinder heads were constructed of light alloy. An engine oil cooler (located in the engine fan’s shroud) ensured optimal engine operating temperature and long engine life, optimized by a thermostat that bypassed the oil cooler when the engine was cold. Later models of the carburetor featured an automatic choke. Engine intake air passed through a metallic filter, while heavier particles were captured by an oil bath. After 1960, steering featured a hydraulic damper that absorbed steering irregularities.”


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