What is possibly the best Volkswagen Beetle in the world would be placed under the hammer by Silverstone Auctions at its Silverstone Classic Sale on July 27, 2013. A 1962 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 De Luxe valued between £30,000 and £35,000 boasts of £55,000 worth of lavish and meticulous restoration. In 2012, the 1962 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 De Luxe won the Meguiar’s NEC Classic Motorshow concourse in which it outclassed a restored Ferrari 250 SWB.
As the winner of the concourse, the car was invited to become the main entrance display at this year’s NEC show. The 1962 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 De Luxe also grabbed top honors at the 2012 Sandown Volksworld Show. The ‘Resto-Cal’-styled car was rescued from disrepair in 2009 by the current vendor, and it was decided to restore it without any limit.
First to undergo restoration is the car chassis. The car was stripped to its most basic parts before being rebuilt with a fabricated air suspension beam with air bag mounts, allowing the 1962 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 De Luxe to be lowered for the true ‘Resto-Cal’ look. Next to undergo restoration is the car’s bodywork, and it was decided to make it a 63’-based variant of a 57’ Fendered car.
The bodywork and paintwork took around nine weeks to complete. This excludes prep and smaller touch-up works. This resulted to the car’s current elegant Ruby Red finish. Meticulous work was also done to the 1962 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 De Luxe’s engine, which was increased from 1192cc to 1384cc. Donning the cabin of the car are Derby Grey cloth coming along with an Oatmeal-colored wool.
Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: “It would be hard to find a better example anywhere in the world. As classic Beetle’s go, you simply don’t get any better than this, the restored 1962 model.” “There’s been so much work spent on this car that it’s impossible to mention all of it. It would be fair to say that this is possible the finest ‘best of breed’ car that we’ve had the privilege to auction,” added Nick. [source: Silverstone Auctions]