Rare 1970 1500 RHD Swedish Postal Service VW Beetle Rust Free Original New MOT

….You are looking at an advert for my very rare (unique actually) RHD VW 1500 Beetle.I never thought I’d sell this car – the only reason this advert is live is that I have the chance to buy back a beloved Beetle I sold 8 years ago – If that car sells, then I will withdraw the advert.I imported this car from Sweden a couple of months ago. The car was ordered new in Ornskoldsvik, in the north of Sweden, where they don’t use salt on the roads in winter. (original owner details printed on a plaque inside the glovebox lid) Therefore the car has survived with all its original body panels, heater channels, floorpans, etc. completely intact. The car has only ever had 2 very small patches of welding just behind each jacking point and doesn’t need any welding doing. In the areas where the underseal was flaking, I removed it to find original paint underneath! The car was ordered new as a 1500, which gives the car great cruising ability, with not only a bigger engine, but also a 4.12 ring and pinion in the gearbox, which means cruising at 60-70 feels nice, rather than like you’re thrashing it, as you would with a 1200/1300 Beetle. The car also has disc brakes on the front, making stopping easier and requiring less maintenance. The 1500 Beetle is widely recognised as the best model of Beetle ever made – the 1500 single port is quite powerful and doesn’t suffer with flat spots like the later 1600 twin port.It was ordered in L30A Royal Red in Swedish Spec (Cloth high back seats, Eberspacher auxilliary heater) but in RHD format. It also has the European style dashboard without a pad (Swedish cars had a padded dashboard from 1968) In the north of Sweden, it was possible to be a freelance postal delivery operative and to order your own car in any colour, for which you would receive an allowance. Although I have no documentation to support that this car was such, this is what it is believed to be. In fact, when I flew to Sweden to collect the car, the owner of the Airbnb shepherd’s hut that I stayed in had owned a RHD, 1961 ex-postal Beetle as his first car.I was tipped off about the car by a friend and, due in part to the extreme rarity of finding a rust free RHD 1970 1500 Beetle, but also due to the extra rarity of a cloth interior and Eberspacher heater, I decided to buy it. Although the car had a Swedish MOT at the time (these run for 2 years between inspections), upon flying out to Sweden to drive the car home, I found that the brakes needed some work and the engine was leaking oil. I drove for 500 miles in the car – what a pleasure in the autumn Swedish sun – before the flywheel seal began to leak and the dynamo stopped charging.I decided to get the car brought home to the UK by the RAC – it arrived home a couple of weeks later. If you read Volksworld magazine, then you may have seen the car in the staff projects – it was in the January 2018 issue and there will be another update featuring the car in the next month’s issue.When the car arrived back in the UK, I decided to fix it properly before getting an MOT on the car. I removed the engine, fitted new oil cooler seals, flywheel seal and O ring and any other seals that looked like they had been leaking. I had given the car a full service before setting off on my trip in Sweden, so the oil was changed, valve clearances reset, then a full ignition service, including points, condenser, plugs, leads, cap and rotor arm.Whilst the engine was removed, I also decided to renew all the perishable items on the gearbox/rear axle – I replaced the rear axle gaiters, hard and flexible brake lines, rear hub oil seals, brake shoes and wheel cylinders. I had the brake backplates and drums blasted and painted them black before re-assembly. The brake fluid was renewed in the car also.The headlamps were removed and cleaned, before being fitted with a good matched pair of RHD headlamp lenses and halogen conversion bulbs. I also renewed the sidelamp bulbs as a matter of course. At the same time, I fitted clear indicator lenses and chrome bulbs (flash amber) but I kept the original orange lenses if you don’t like the Italian spec look.There are hundreds of small jobs I haven’t mentioned, like fitting a new clutch plate (the original VW one was still in the car, pointing to low mileage), fitting new fuel pipes and filter (filter placed above gearbox, not in engine bay) unblocking the heat risers, painting the manifold and one heat exchanger in the correct shade of grey, renewing the other heat exchanger and exhaust, fitting new stainless tailpipes, etc, etc. Let’s just say: if it needed doing, I decided to do it and with best quality parts – everything is German quality, the brake unions on the new pipes are stainless steel and I even fitted brass bleed nipples, so they won’t rust and seize.I wanted to fix anything and everything that may need attention in the next year or two, as I intended to daily drive the car and take some extended trips in it. If the other car that I want to buy back sells, I still intend to keep this car and do this. The rear tyres on the car were looking old, so I ordered a pair of Vredestein Sprint Classic 155R15 tyres from Vintage Tyres. I couldn’t fit these to wheels that needed paint of course, so I sanded, treated and painted the rear wheels in the correct colours of L43 Grey/Black (centres) and L581 Cloud White (rims). The rear wheels are now fitted, as you can see in the pictures. I intend to paint the other 3 wheels this week to match.I will be putting a new MOT on the car this week, after this I will register it with the DVLA. It will get an age-related H suffix registration number, then will be fitted with raised digit period number plates from Tippers, who I’ve found to be excellent quality. I can’t decide whether to go for black plates with silver digits, or to go for reflective plates with raised digits – either would have been correct in 1970. The listed price is inclusive of DVLA fee (£55) and number plate cost (£45). If you wish to register yourself, (and become the first owner on the UK log book) I will naturally deduct this from the price.I insure the car with Footman James. I had some issues with the breakdown cover in Europe, as the car was on Swedish Plates, but the cover has always been fine apart from that. The cost (including full European breakdown cover) is around £200 per year (I’m 43). The car is tax exempt, congestion charge exempt and will be MOT exempt from April 2018 (madness). The idea behind buying a Beetle as a daily driver and selling my Golf TDI, was cheaper running costs, more simplicity and getting back to being behind the wheel of a bug (I’ve owned them for the last 27 years).As I mentioned early on, a Beetle that I had in 2010 has come up for sale again and I always regretted selling that car. If it sells before this one, then I will hang on to it and continue my mission – to hang on to a Beetle long term and drive it every day.The interior of the car is all original – cloth seats (some small wear areas on the driver’s seat), original rubber mats and carpets all in good condition. The Eberspacher heater works on the blower, but doesn’t get hot – I bought a NOS Beru glow pug from Germany, but haven’t got around to fitting it yet. This will be provided with the car, as well as a link to a comprehensive diagnostic Eberspacher forum thread. They are fairly simple to repair, it’s usually only the glow plug or fuel pump diaphragm that gives up.The paintwork inside is all original. The outside has been repainted a long time ago, so there’s the odd chip and scratch and a small dent in the passenger side front wing. It’s not perfect, but it shines up nicely and is great for a driver car. I’ve had little old ladies stop in the street while I’ve been working on it and tell me how beautiful it is. The rear bumper chrome is pitted. I removed the fog and spot lamps that the car came with (the plastic fog lamps were broken) but you are welcome to the stainless fog lamps if you want them. The roof rack in a couple of pictures was picked up by me in Sweden for a friend and is not included or for sale.If you’re still reading (you’re obviously not easily bored) I’ll also throw in a white plastic Kamei front parcel shelf from the late 60’s / early 70’s. It’s a bit split on one corner, but makes a nice useful addition to the car.The price is as listed with collection from Southsea – come and have a day out at the seaside and drive home in a lovely Beetle. Cash or bank transfer are my only accepted payment methods – I don’t accept PayPal for car sales. There are a load of extra pictures of the car, including a lot of the work I have done on this Google Photos link: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipP7GGqixraMfjXpnnNE3Hqflrk2Qic-EfeqReYE I do a lot of How To features for Volksworld, so I take a LOT of progress pictures!

This VW Beetle 1500 is available from eBay UK, the price at time of listing was £6500.00, this VW Beetle 1500 may have already sold, please check eBay for further details

VW Beetle 1500 on eBay

Be Sociable, Share!

Comments are closed.