The Beetle, officially named the Type 1, was the first Volkswagen designed and produced and in production from 1938 to 2003. Production was disrupted by the second World War with the first civilian version only produced in 1947.
The first Volkswagen Beetle was produced in South Africa at the Uitenhage factory near Port Elizabeth on the 31st August 1951. These Beetles featured the split rear window until 1952 and are the most valuable. From 1953 to 1957 the Beetle’s of this period are distinguished by the oval window and the larger squared off rear screens from 1958.
During the 1960’s the Volkswagen Beetle became a symbol of personal freedom and was in production longer than any other car with 21 529 464 produced. Today well-maintained Beetles are affordable, practical, and reliable classics that hold a special place in motoring history.
This example is a custom “sleeper build” Volkswagen Beetle Oval window completed over the past 6 years. Sourced as a project in need of full restoration. At some point in the past this 1956 model’s chassis/pan was replaced with that of a 1958 and during this build the original engine was removed and replaced with a more powerful unit. The front axle, tyres and brakes were therefore upgraded to manage the additional power.
Full body restoration
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