Volk­swa­gen Beetle

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EN­GINE 1285cc/flat-4/OHV POWER 50bhp@4600rpm TORQUE 69lb ft@2600rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 76mph 0-60MPH 25.4sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 23-31mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual MoT March 2018 ODOMETER 9194 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The en­gine is keen to spring into life an idles smoothly with a char­ac­ter­is­tic air-cooled VW ‘wuf­fle’. Beetle gear shifts can be slightly vague, and al­though this one isn’t ex­actly ra­zor-sharp, it se­lects gears eas­ily enough, thanks in part to the light clutch. On the move the car is quiet and smooth – apart from the in­evitable en­gine clat­ter be­hind you. The 1966 Bee­tles may have en­joyed a use­ful jump in power over pre­vi­ous mod­els, but it’s still more a re­laxed cruiser than sprinter. It tack­les bumps smoothly and qui­etly, and while the drum brakes take a shove to work ef­fec­tively, they stop the car straight and even. Steer­ing is light and sur­pris­ingly ac­cu­rate.


This car – a barn-find a cou­ple of years ago – has been re­painted to a high stan­dard in its orig­i­nal colour. There are no blem­ishes in it and the body is al­most com­pletely rust-free, bar one small blis­ter com­ing through on the near­side rear wheel arch. The doors close with with an easy click and the door step sill rub­ber is ex­cel­lent, as are the win­dow rub­bers. Most of the chrome is in good con­di­tion, but the rear bumper is a bit faded and pit­ted. The hub­caps are a bit of a hotch-potch – the fronts are very pre­sentable flat types, but the rears – an older dome type – are quite pit­ted. Tyres all round are well-treaded Toyo 330 165/80R15s.


The light and airy in­te­rior ap­pears orig­i­nal and only some light mark­ing and a small split in the stitch­ing on the side of the driver’s seat base let the cream vinyl seats down. There are orig­i­nal static seat­belts up front, but none for rear seat pas­sen­gers. The car­pets are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion with no wear to speak of. The painted metal dash­board is start­ing to mi­cro-blis­ter around the cen­tre but is oth­er­wise fine. A steer­ing wheel cover has been fit­ted to aid grip.


The flat-four boxer en­gine has been re­built and runs very smoothly; it’s as rev-happy as they come and sounds healthy, even at high revs. There is a lit­tle oil on the en­gine block but the bay is oth­er­wise shows noth­ing more omi­nous than reg­u­lar road dirt – there are no signs of ac­ci­dent dam­age or cor­ro­sion.


Driv­ing this car is guar­an­teed to make you smile, not least be­cause the 1285cc en­gine’s ad­di­tional power and im­proved ac­cel­er­a­tion over the pre­vi­ous 1200 are so ob­vi­ous. The over­all im­pres­sion this car gives is one of solid qual­ity and this is en­hanced by the stan­dard of paint fin­ish and en­gine re­build, not to men­tion the long MoT. Very oc­ca­sion­ally, a Chas­ing

Cars sub­ject turns out to be so ap­peal­ing that we want to take it home with us – this was def­i­nitely one of those cars. Matt Richardson

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