Rare barn-find Beetle
A 42-YEAR-OLD Volkswagen Beetle, that has covered just 90 km, has been discovered in time warp condition and will be sold at Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Race Aarhus Auction in Denmark at month end.
Unique is a word often used incorrectly, but in the case of this 1974 Beetle, it is not inaccurate. With just one owner from new and only 90 kilometres on the clock, this little car must be one of the lowest-mileage examples in existence still in its original condition.
Supplied new by G. Terragni Volkswagen, Genoa, Italy, on January 23, 1974, its first and only proud owner was an elderly man by the name of Armando Sgroi. He had never owned a motor car before and did not particularly want this one. However, he was 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 with age.
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 estimated value of €35 000 (about R620 590).
Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, commented: “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 barn-find Beetle still has its original oil in the engine and is shod with its first set of tyres. The original books and invoice, along with its unwrapped tool kit, are also supplied with the car.
A mint-condition 1974 VW Beetle, discovered with only 90 km on the clock, is expected to fetch well over R600 000 at auction.