Volkswagen Beetle Barn Find

Originally designed as effective transport for the German masses, the Beetle emerged as an automotive success story after the Second World War, becoming popular throughout Europe, America and the rest of the world. As time went on, the car was improved and developed with no less than 70,000 identifiable modifications during its production run, which encompassed over 15 million vehicles globally. The Disney film 'The Love Bug' immortalized the car as an icon in the minds of many.

'Unique' is a word nearly always incorrectly used, but in the case of this 1974 Beetle, we think not. It is a one owner car that has covered just 90km. It was supplied by G. Terragni Volkswagen, Genova on the 23rd January 1974 to its proud purchaser, an elderly gentleman by the name of Armando Sgroi. He had never owned a motorcar before and didn't really want this one. He was, however, a deeply religious man and walked every Sunday from his house in the hills to his local church. This was only a short distance but it had become a struggle as he became more and more frail. The ‘Little' car was used less and less as his church-going became more infrequent, and up until the last occasion in 1978, it had covered just 90km. There are original photographs of the car taken when it was first discovered in the barn and its presented today after light recomissioning having benifitted from a good coating of ‘Waxoyl'. It still holds the original oil in the engine and is shod with its first set of tyres. The original books and invoice are still intact along with the its, presumably unwrapped, tool kit. A ‘time warp' example of probably the most famous car in the world, hard to believe but it's true.

Source: Silverstone Auctions

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