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Simon Charlesworth August 8, 2012 No Comments

Historics at Brooklands: limited edition Volkswagen Beetle La Grande Bug

Whether you regard the original Volkswagen as a momentous piece of automotive design or as Hitler’s revenge – humourously speculating that Vergeltungswaffen is the true meaning behind VW – these two strikingly original Beetles must raise at least one eyebrow in interest…

Due for auction by Historics At Brooklands, during its autumn sale on the 1st September, is a pair of ’Dubs which look as if they have never been touched by human hand and have been frozen in time.

In the late Seventies Volkswagen offered each of its US dealers the opportunity to purchase a limited-edition Triple White and Triple Black Beetle – the last convertible Beetle ever built – with the offer restricted to just one of each car.

The striking soft-top featured matching coachwork, interior and roof, but in the event that a dealership did not take up the offer, the cars were not produced, inadvertently creating an extremely rare future classic in the process.

Ordered new by Chris Motors in Georgia, USA, in 1979, the Triple White offered for auction had covered just 8 miles when it was purchased by the Road Scholars Automotive Group. The new owners replaced the injectors, spark plugs and tyres before the car subsequently changed hands again in December 2006, and was registered for the first time on 2nd February 2007.

Having had just one other owner, the Beetle boasts factory fitted air-conditioning and comes to auction with just 429 miles on the clock.

Recreated by Volkswagen with the new Beetle in 2007 and limited to 3000 cars, opportunities to buy an ultra-rare Seventies original are far fewer, with Historics encouraging offers in the region of £24,000 to £27,000.

The second VW, a La Grande Bug is a left-hand drive, limited-edition Beetle also made available only in the US, with this 1975 example sporting all the extras that make this model special. Leather grained seating with corduroy inserts are matched with colour co-ordinated carpets, a leather grained steering wheel and rosewood appliqué on the dashboard.

A steel sunroof was also standard equipment on the car and the inclusion of rack and pinion steering, together with electronic fuel injection, combine to make this VW Beetle equally special to drive.

Stored in a heated, de-humidified garage with a no-expense-spared cover commissioned to protect the paintwork, everything about the car is original, even the starting instructions on the steering wheel.

Never registered in the US or the UK, the car has covered just 242 miles in the last 37 years, and the Ancona Blue car with matching trim – one of just two colour options available alongside lime green – has an estimated guide price of £24,000 – £27,000.

More information is available at: www.historics.co.uk.

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