….A rare original coloured car which was purchased from a car dealer for £4,300 (with receipt). I spent a further £2,000 (with receipts) at a VW specialist garage on the usual remedial work and parts – which was to expected when owning a 44 year old classic car. I believe it to be an early 70’s model which was first registered in February 1974. Selling now because with two young babies and very little spare time, I just haven’t used the car as much as I’d hoped I would. I’ve been to a couple of classic car shows locally in it, but only managed 90 miles since the last MOT and want the driveway space back for a family caravan. Please fully read the description below. I’ve tried to be as honest as I can, but I’m neither a mechanic nor an expert. Welcome to come and view it in person but no timewasters please. The good: Painted in L64M which is known as the ‘GT Apple Green’ colour. Car is stock, original and unmodified (unlike most). Chrome hubcaps, original steel wheels and good Continental tyres all round. I was told there may only have been 250 beetles ever made in this colour and that it could be part of an end of production line GT modelRegistered as an ‘historic vehicle’ so is tax exempt. Current MOT until late July 2018 and has been MOT exempt since May 2018 too. There were no advisories from the last MOT and its done just 90 local miles since the last test. According to records, the car has only covered 9000 miles in the last 12 years1300cc twin-port engine which had £1,320 spent at a local VW specialist garage in September 2017. Work included: a compression test, a full service (approx. 60 miles ago): new oil/oil filter, air filter, points, leads, spark plugs, etc) and a new 5 year battery fitted. This also included a mini-tune up/overhaul (carb clean, new fuel pipes/manifold seals/rocker gaskets etc) and a mini electrical overhaul (alternator bushes/fuse box etc) – and comes with a receipt. All the lights, bulbs, horn, indicators etc work as they should doInterior has original ivory coloured headlining, metal dash, original style black basket weave seats with a few small nicks and some lumpy springs (underneath one of them is a beige cloth fabric, like you’d find on a GT model), basic old style grey fitted carpet, rareplastic Kamei tunnel storage tray, original darker ‘GT coloured’ beige door/rear cards, new black rear parcel shelf with NOS vintage rear speakers (no radio fitted), black overmats and thick rubber sound proofing. Parts it came with but that I never fitted, include: a silver ‘GT BEETLE’ decklid sticker, a black plastic rubber dashboard and various other spare parts (worth £300+) which are included in the sale The bad: The carb has a ‘flat spot’ when driving at low speeds (i.e. when pulling away) so can be spluttery until you get it up to driving speeds. I’m told this is quite common on air-cooled engines and has been diagnosed by a VW specialist garage as just needing a new ‘inlet manifold’; these are readily available on eBay (cost about £30 second hand or £69 for a brand new one: part 113179701B8) and is relatively straightforward to rectify to stop the carb ‘icing up’ which is affecting the current running. Therefore, there is currently a bit of a ‘knack’ to driving it, which involves heal and toe to feather both pedals at the same time – please be aware of this as it’s not ‘right’ yet and it is a tad fiddly. We drove it to a local classic car show two weekends ago and had fun nonetheless, but I would advise a trailer or vehicle courier if you live some distance away (I’ve only ever driven it locally for a few miles at a time so cannot offer any guarantee until it’s fixed). I haven’t had it fixed as I use the car so infrequently, but was advised that approx. 1-2 hours garage labour should get the new part fitted and have the issue improved (or fit it yourself). The car has been independently assessed and valued at £6,000, so within the current asking price is some ‘repair money’ built in for you Body and paint are reasonably presentable for her age, but there are several bubbly scabs and rust blemishes; the rear wing has a hole in it (taped over), the bottom of the passenger door pillar has slight movement (a repair panel is included in the sale), the front drivers side quarter has rust bubbles, there are a few paint bubbles on the roof gutters, there’s a blister on the front wing and there are probably various other rust and bits which may require attention and welding at some point in the future. Floorpans have been painted inside and undersealed in the past by previous owners to offer protection from the elements. Some welding and repairs appear to have been done over the course of its lifetime, including some new panels (e.g. the rear quarter panels have been replaced as well as two new doors). New flexi brake lines were fitted before I bought it, but a general brake-check plus new shoes may be advisable (given how little use it has had in the last year). It lives outside under a luxury Stormsure fitted cover (which cost £200) and has the same one key to open the door/turn the ignition and also a spare set of keys too. I’ve started it up once a fortnight to let the oil run through the engine and get it up to temperature etc Other: I’ve tried to list everything I know about the car but she is 44 years old (and I’m not a mechanic) so you should expect to have to do some work on it on-going. It’s a decent ‘rolling project’ to enjoy now as it is, or improve it a bit by bit over the space of a few years or even to conduct a full restoration from. I’m not valuing it at ‘top money’ or at the £6,500 I’ve spent or that it’s valued at. I will be making a loss on selling it (that’s classic cars for you!), so please set your own expectations with that in mind. If this is your first Beetle, or you’re not prepared to fix/drive it with the manifold, or you haven’t driven one before then it’s probably not the car for you (i.e. the gear changes are sloppy, it has old style drum brakes, the steering is vague etc – all the stuff you’d expect when owning and driving a classic car!) Sold as seen (caveat emptor). No warranties, guarantees or refunds offered. V5 and MOT paperwork are present. No previous history paperwork. Test drive available if you bring full insurance document and your licence (if not, I will take you out in it for a test drive with me driving)See photo’s to arrange a viewing or to ask questions. Advertised elsewhere, so may be r3m0v3d. Located in North Somerset. P4rt exch4nge consid3red (through eB4y). 07885 352055

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