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Lot 132: Volkswagen Beetle 1600

Classic, Collectors, Sports and Prestige Cars, Barons (16 July 2012)

In 1996, Mexico became the last country to produce the old Beetle and since 1998 the car has been sold only there. The Volkswagen plant in Puebla also is the only one worldwide to produce the New Beetle, but they are mainly for export. In Mexico City, the bug, or "vocho" as it is known locally, is a stalwart. Painted white and green, it is the standard model used by taxi drivers to crawl through heavy traffic. A decision by Mexico City's local government to give out future permits only to taxis with four doors helped to seal the two-door bug's fate. 1995 was a very important year for the Mexican Vocho, because many improvements were fitted into the car, like: New front disc brakes, new automatic front seat belts, new fixed rear seat belts, a new anchor for the rear seat back, and an alternator replaced the generator, among a total of 87 improvements according to Volkswagen. In March 2003 the end of the Vocho production was announced, due to the gradual and continuous decline in demand for this model, which began with the introduction of the Chevy Pop (Opel Corsa B) in Mexico produced by General Motors in 1997. Offered here is a 1997 1600 Beetle, which was acquired, by the vendor, in 2009. Since then, the vendor has undertaken a full restoration of the car, which included a full re-trim, in leather, new carpets throughout, stainless steel exhaust system, 4 new Goodrich tyres, new heater fan and much more. Finished in purple with contrasting cream leather interior, the car is said to be a superb example and an excellent driver.

Lot Details
Auction Classic, Collectors, Sports and Prestige Cars
Barons, Sandown Park Exhibition Complex-Esher Hall
TypeCar
Lot Number132
Estimate£3500-£4500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£3400
Year1997
Condition rating
Registration numberR385 EHV
Mileage-
Chassis numberSVWZZZ113TH517451
Engine number517451
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors