2013 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction
Lot
32

1951 Volkswagen Beetle Deluxe Sedan

$15,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine Flat 4-cylinder, 1131cc
Gearbox 4-speed manual
Body Work Sedan
Colour Pearl Grey
Interior Camel
Trim Cloth
Wheels Steel Disc
Brakes Drums

Description

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The story of the Volkswagen Beetle is an amazing one - from the original design brief to create cheap, reliable transport for the German masses to the myriad of production changes and variations created over the next five decades. The original "People's Car" created by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche and his team became the most successful automobile of all time, with no less than twenty million units produced to date. Although the basic concept remained unchanged over the years - all Beetles retained the air-cooled flat twin motor located behind the rear axle - the model underwent constant refining and each year saw various small improvements take place. Almost from the very beginning of production Volkswagen was looking to export markets but right-hand drive cars weren't officially produced in Germany until the introduction of the 'Oval-Window' models in 1953. However small numbers of right-hand drive 'Split-Window' cars had already been assembled in both the Republic of Ireland, from 1950, and in South Africa the following year. Genuine 'Split Window' Beetles from the early 1950s are seriously desirable today, thanks in no small part to their beautiful build quality and command a substantial premium over later examples. The Beetle is the perfect classic car for the modern era - cheap to both run and maintain, fun to drive and with a universal popularity few other automobiles can lay claim to. In 'Split-Window' form, they have become seriously collectible as well, with a cult following around the world.

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