Lot 220: Volkswagen Kafer - De Luxe
Everyone knows the story of the Beetle; it was initially designed to provide cheap transport for the hard working German masses. Built in very small numbers before and during World War II, the Beetle literally rose from the ashes of Volkswagen's bombed-out Wolfsburg factory to become an instant success in Europe, Britain, America and virtually every other country in the world. The model evolved through various facelifts and numerous mechanical changes - there were more than 70,000 identifiable modifications - and provided a platform for other models, including commercial vehicles and sporting derivatives such as those by Karmann-Ghia. It was this constant development and attention to detail which allowed the Beetle to maintain its position, and as production raced past the 15,000,000 mark, the Beetle went on to be crowned as the best selling car of all time. This time-warp example from 1957 with the small oval rear window, comes with the rare and sought after de luxe specification and features the original radio, an original large Webasto-style fabric sunroof as well as the original specification coco floor mats. Coming from a private collection where it had spent the last 40 years and with just 69,000 km on the speedometer, this must be one of the most original surviving examples of its type.
Coys, Essen, Germany
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