Volkswagen ‘Beetle’, 1957
Volkswagen ‘Beetle’ year 1957. Chassis number 155613X, body number 3785X, engine number 359830X. Colour black combined with a red interior trimmed with white piping. This wonderful Volkswagen Beetle with Karmann bodywork and an oval rear window was sold new to the USA. The car was imported from California to the Netherlands in the year 2014. In the years 2015 – 2018 the car was extensively and perfectly restored and overhauled to concours condition. The restoration was a very detailed job, everything was restored and / or renewed including the dashboard gauges. A photo report of the restoration is present. The car shows perfect chrome and gorgeous original details; also, the underside of the car is perfect. The new mohair hood was fitted beautifully! The car is shod with Coker Classic 560-15 tyres. This magnificent VW ‘Beetle’ is a very desirable specimen in show condition!
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The Volkswagen "Beetle" as we know the car these days was designed and developed by Ferdinand Porsche. In prewar Germany the government asked Porsche to design a car which every German inhabitant could afford. The concept was named "Kraft Durch Freude Wagen".
Ferdinand Porsche finished the design in the year 1934 and the first limited production started in the year 1938.
The KDF car was a clever and simple design which should guarantee a reliable car. And it was; the pressed steel bodywork was fitted to a platform chassis equipped with all round torsion bar sprung suspension. The engine was fitted at the rear of the car and the luggage compartment at the front. The four cylinder engine was of the boxer type and it was air-cooled.
After world war two the production started again in Wolfsburg Germany and soon the Volkswagen was sold world wide. The people nicknamed the car "Beetle" because of it's looks. The car evolved over the years, mechanically it was improved in little steps and the engines grew from 1131 cc. up to 1600 cc. in the final European production run.
In the year 1948 a Volkswagen Beetle four passenger convertible was introduced which was built by Karmann in Osnabrück Germany. This convertible was built until the European production was ceased in the year 1980.
Between the years 1949 and 1953 another Volkswagen Beetle convertible was built by Hebmüller of Germany, this was a two seater convertible. This scarce two seater convertible was built 696 times.
The Volkswagen Beetle would become a cult car in the sixties and seventies of the ninetieth century (think back of the famous "Herbie" movies in wich a VW Beetle named Herbie was playing the leading role.)
The Volkswagen Beetle is still being produced in Mexico. The cars are only available on the south American market and are fitted with a modern liquid cooled Volkswagen engine.
From 1938 on over 20 million Volkswagen Beetle's have been produced; a world record in automobile production.
Four cylinder boxer engine
cylinder capacity: 1192 cc.
capacity: 41 bhp. at 3800 rpm.
gearbox: 4- speed, manual
top-speed: 115 km/h.
weight: 760 kg.