This one-owner example was originally sold in Genoa, Italy to an elderly gentleman who had never owner a car before.
This Beetle was only used for short Sunday trips from his house to the local church but as the owner grew older, it was used less and less as his church-going became more infrequent. The car was last used in 1978, where it was stored in a barn for almost four decades.
The car was used less and less as his church-going became more infrequent, up until the last outing in 1978, when the car was retired to a barn where it has remained for almost four decades. This little Beetle has recently been rediscovered, has been lightly recommissioned and will now be offered at auction. For sale for only the second time in its life, it will head to auction with an estimate of €35,000 to €40,000.
Managing director at Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: “The VW Beetle is one of the most successful and loved cars worldwide, and we’re no strangers to them at Silverstone Auctions, but this one is a very special example and something we rarely see. With such an incredibly low mileage it is in virtually new condition, 42 years after it was first bought.”
The VW Beetle was designed to offer affordable motoring to the masses and more than 15 million sales ensured it fulfilled its purpose and then some. But it was an appearance in the Disney movie The Love Bug as Herbie that cemented its fame as a classic car of worldwide fame.