UP FOR AUCTION: A 42-year-old Volkswagen Beetle, that has travelled a mere 90km, could be sold for more than the equivalent of R700 500 at an auction in Denmark. Image: Newspress
Denmark - A 42-year-old Volkswagen Beetle, that has covered just 90km, has been discovered in 'time warp' condition and will be sold at Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Race Aarhus Auction in Denmark on May 28-29.
With one previous owner and only 90km on the odometer, this 1974 car, according to the auction house, "must be one of the lowest mileage examples in existence still in its original condition".
Finished in blue with a black leather interior and all its original features, this left-hand drive, manual example still holds the original oil in the engine and is shod with its first set of tyres. The original books and invoice, along with its unwrapped tool kit, are also supplied with the car.
History of the little bug
Supplied new by G. Terragni Volkswagen, Genoa, Italy, on January 23 1974, its first and only owner was an elderly gentleman by the name of Armando Sgroi. He had never owned a car before and did not particularly want this one.
The car was used less and less, up until the last outing in 1978, when the car was retired to a barn where it has remained for almost four decades.
According to Silverstone Auctions: "This little Beetle has recently been rediscovered, has been lightly recommissioned and will now be offered at auction. For sale for only the second time in its life, it will head to auction with an estimate of €35 000 to €40 000."
Speaking ahead of the sale, Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions commented: "The VW Beetle is one of the most successful and loved cars worldwide, and we’re no strangers to them at Silverstone Auctions, but this one is a very special example and something we rarely see. With such an incredibly low mileage it is in virtually new condition, 42 years after it was first bought."
The car features as part of the Classic Race Aarhus Auction hosted by Silverstone Auctions and Lauritz.com at the prestigious motorsport festival in Denmark.