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The Best Volkswagen Beetle Available? La Grande Bug with 242 Miles from New (1975)

United Kingdom | | Peterborough
Make: Volkswagen
Varient: La Grande Bug
Year: 1975
Mileage: 242
Engine: 1.6
Transmission: manual
Colour: Blue
Fuel Type: Petrol
Doors: 2
BHP: 48
Drive type: left


FOR SALE        

The best Volkswagen Beetle available? La Grande Bug with 242 miles from new.



Rubber strips on bumpers, chrome door mirror, handles and waist line, ‘La Grande Bug’ rear badge, sunroof, running boards, silver lined horn pad with Wolfsburg crest, leather gear knob with Wolfsburg crest, heated rear window, hazard lights, dash illumination adjustment, interior light, padded dash, padded sun visors with passenger mirror, four seatbelts, rear ashtray, interior light, door open buzzer, twin door pockets computer analysis plug.



Simply magnificent this prized and collectable La Grande Bug is striking finished in one of only three limited edition colours available, Ancona Blue, (Code L97B).  A rich, sparkling factory perfect metallic coat will astonish onlookers who will marvel at the impeccable condition and only in the professional concours arena will the tiniest of marks be noted.  Such is the perfect originality of this vehicle that it was invited to stand amongst the Meguiars winners at the 2011 NEC Classic Motor Show, a true testament to the excellent condition this car is in.  Perfectionists and VW purists will enjoy pointing out all the factory stickers, tags and labels often lost within the cars first few weeks of usage. Engine detail is factory fresh.  A bold statement, but possibly the best Volkswagen Beetle available.



The rich interior of this very rare Beetle offers unique blue special leather grained seating with plush corduroy insets.  Matching thick, colour-coordinated carpeting and a rosewood dash are further luxury distinguishing features along with a leather grained steering wheel.  The nostalgic VW smell is still detectable!  Opening the lockable glove box even reveals the VW pack of fuses as supplied when new and no radio has been fitted so the blanking plate is still in situ.  The instruction sticker on the steering wheel is still intact.  The driver’s seat base has a repair during its time in a Volkswagen Main Dealer.  The under bonnet cardboard liner is simply remarkable.  Time warp is a term used freely, but completely justified with this collectable and unique vehicle



The air-cooled rear mounted horizontally opposed engine produces 48bhp from its 1584cc displacement enabling a top speed of 84mph.  La Grande Bug was one of the first Super Beetles to have electronic fuel injection fitted as standard enabling wonderfully smooth performance and 33mpg. The fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox works perfectly.  Due to the low miles covered it would be advisable to re-commission the vehicle despite the mechanical wellbeing if the new owner plans to put the car into regular use.

4.5J Lemmertz sport GT wheels are as new and show all the VW stampings which are crystal clear along with factory fitted wheel weights.  All tyres are incredibly still the first Goodyear tubeless bias ply type in perfect order.  Dual circuit drums front and rear will require an overhaul if regular use is intended.



The story of this example begins in the Williams VW Dealership, Lancing, Michigan in the USA when proprietor, Mr Williams, took delivery of this limited edition La Grande Bug.  Realising that this was something very special with amenities not customarily found in a Bug it was held back from sale to keep for his children to use when they went off to college.  However, VW introduced newer models with better safety features so a Golf was the chosen mode of transport.  Mr Williams kept the vehicle in one of his VW Showrooms all the way up until retirement in 2010 when a renowned UK VW collector, Mr Willcock, found out about it.  Knowing that a 242-mile 1970’s VW Beetle is not something that comes up for sale too often, especially not one that is a limited edition like this, he jumped on it! Last sold by KGF Classic Cars in July 2014 we are delighted to offer this vehicle to market again.


A collection of magazine features, coveted Meguiars trophy from the Classic Motor Show appearance, and all importation/duty paid paperwork are included.  The vehicle has never been registered.  Original literature including handbooks and sales brochures are included.






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