De­liv­ery-mileage Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle heads for auc­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

A gen­uine barn-find 1974 Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle that has cov­ered just 56 miles from new is to be of­fered by Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions in Den­mark next week­end.

The one-owner Bee­tle 1300 is in­cluded in the auc­tion house’s Clas­sic Race Aarhus Auc­tion on Satur­day, 28 May. The car is in amaz­ing con­di­tion, and still has its first set of Fire­stone tyres. It also has the orig­i­nal en­gine oil. Its es­ti­mate is €35,000-40,000 (£27,500-31,500).

G Ter­ragni Volk­swa­gen, Genoa, Italy, sup­plied the car in Jan­uary 1974 to an el­derly Ital­ian gen­tle­man, Ar­mando Sgroi. Mr Sgroi pur­chased the Bee­tle, his first car, purely for his Sun­day trip to and from church as he was be­com­ing too frail to walk as he had pre­vi­ously done.

By the time Ar­mando made his fi­nal church trip in the Bee­tle in 1978, it had cov­ered just 89.9km (56 miles). The car was then stored in a barn where it re­mained undis­turbed for 42 years.

In­cluded with the pale blue Bee­tle are its invoice, orig­i­nal pub­li­ca­tions and tool kit. The car has been lightly recom­mis­sioned and has been given a good coat­ing of rust-proof­ing treat­ment.

‘Unique is a word nearly al­ways in­cor­rectly used,’ says a spokesman for the auc­tion house. ‘But in the case of this 1974 Bee­tle, we think not. This is a time­warp ex­am­ple of prob­a­bly the most fa­mous car in the world. It’s hard to be­lieve but it’s true.’

www.sil­ver­stoneauc­tions.com

The pale-blue Bee­tle, bought for Sun­day church trips, has been lightly recom­mis­sioned.

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