1957 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 Manual
This is a fantastic, and extremely rare opportunity to acquire a genuine 2 owner, matching numbers South Australian delivered 1957 oval window Beetle in an original Australian colour of Manly Tan!
Cherished and meticulously maintained by the current owner of 46 years, this South Australian delivered Beetle was purchased by the original owner in Port Pirie in 1957. The second, and current owner purchased the car in 1973 and has owned it ever since. It has been continuously maintained to the highest of standards with a recent internal inspection of the motor, which was deemed in perfect condition apart from the replacement of a few seals and valves.
A very original CKD example with multiple trophies and magazine features to attest to its originality and all round condition for a near 63 year old vehicle. Originally assembled at the Clayton factory in Melbourne.
Official importation of the Volkswagen Beetle into Australia began in 1953, with local assembly operations commencing the following year. Volkswagen Australia was formed in 1957, and by 1960 locally produced body panels were being used for the first time. When the European Type One body received the larger windows for the 1965 model year, Volkswagen Australia decided not to update, but continued to produce the smaller-windowed bodies, with unique features to the Australian versions. This was due to the limited size of the market and the costs involved in retooling.
Australian content had reached almost 95% by this time. The Australian subsidiary continued to produce the earlier body style until 1967, when declining sales forced a switch to CKD assembly using imported components the following year.
In 1968, Volkswagen Australia released its own locally designed utilitarian version of the Type 1, the Volkswagen Country Buggy or Type 197.
The last Australian-assembled Beetle was produced in July 1976 with assembly of other models ending in February 1977. All Volkswagens for the Australian market have been fully imported since then.
Unfortunately, the South Australian Historic Number Plates SA '8671" do not come with the car.
We can arrange door to door delivery Australia-wide and welcome your trade-in as well.
Available for your personal viewing in our state-of-the-art showroom.
Finance - our broker offers VERY competitive rates and prompt service.