Thursday, 9 August 2012 11:04 AM
If the new Volkswagen Beetle doesn't quite float your boat, you might be heartened to know that you can still get your mitts on a classic version. Classic car auctioneer Historics at Brooklands is putting two mint condition 1970s VW Beetles up for auction on September 1.
The last of the convertible Beetles, the limited edition Triple White Beetle features a soft top and matching coachwork, interior and roof and it looks pretty cool. But it never went into mass production and, as a result, we have a rare classics on offer.
It was ordered brand new from a dealership, Chris Motors, in the US state of Georgia back in 1979. The Triple White had done just eight miles when it was bought by the Road Scholars Automotive Group who replaced the injectors, spark plugs and tyres before the car changed hands in December 2006 and was only registered for the first time in February 2007. It comes with factory-fitted air conditioning – a luxury for the era - and still only has 429 miles on the clock.
Also on offer is a blue Bug. It's the La Grande Bug, a left-hand drive model also made available in the US but it has never been registered in either the US or the UK. It is a high-spec car with leather grained seating featuring natty corduroy inserts, matching carpets, leather-grained steering wheel and rosewood on the dashboard.
This car also features a steel sunroof, rack-and-pinion steering and electronic fuel injection and it has been stored in a heated, de-humidified garage, keeping it in tip-top condition. This car is 100% original, right down to the starting instructions still on the steering wheel. It has only travelled 242 miles and it's in stunning Ancona Blue (the other colour option was Lime Green).
The auction will be held at Brooklands on September 1 and Historics is looking for offers in the £24,000-£27,000 ballpark for both cars.
By Georgia Lewis
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