1961 Volkswagen Beetle Ragtop
This 1961 Volkswagen Beetle Ragtop is an Australian-delivered, multiple-award winner that retains its original charm and condition to this day. It’s powered by a 1600cc four-cylinder air-cooled engine with an estimated 45kW (60hp), and power is sent to the rear wheels. This car is fitted with a four-speed manual gearbox. The odometer currently shows 50,660 miles.
Although the Volkswagen Beetle was the brainchild of Ferdinand Porsche and Adolf Hitler, the Volkswagen Beetle has transcended its origins to be known as the “The People’s Car” that everybody could one day aspire to own. It is now often described as the best-selling car of all time considering it did not substantially change throughout its 60-year production run. Its two-door body featured enough space for passengers, luggage, and was eminently user-friendly. The Beetle now exists as an iconic classic car enjoyed for its simplicity and unique looks, and remains one of the most recognisable cars on the planet.
This Black over red specification features the desirable ragtop roof option and has been kept largely unmodified. Chrome bumpers at either end, chrome exterior detailing, and a black vinyl rag top accentuate this car’s unique colour combination. It rides on a set of 15-inch Flat4 chrome-and-black wheels which are wrapped in Continental Super Contact tyres.
The current owner of this Beetle has kept it in tidy shape since taking ownership in 2018, however the previous owner (bought in 1993) put in a lot of restoration work using only the best quality parts. It retains a multitude of receipts from works completed over the years, which have earned it a series of awards including VW Jamboree wins, VW National placings, as well as magazine features in Street Volkswagen. Most recently, the car has undergone maintenance including a new battery, new steering wheel, and a new brake master cylinder. It has been serviced regularly throughout its life.
Exterior condition on this Beetle Ragtop is described as excellent. The black paintwork presents complete without major marks and scratches and the chrome trim reflects beautifully. There is a minor scratch found near the driver’s side mirror and a scratch on the driver’s side kick panel in the door jamb, though that’s the extent of damage on this car. All four wheels show no curb rash and all four tyres retain a good level of tread depth.
The exemplary condition is continued inside with clean, shapely Red/Cream vinyl upholstery and an in-tact Cream headliner. All other trim panels present in remarkable order for their age, with next to no scratching or wear and tear to be seen. The EMPI shifter and new steering wheel are highlights. Of note, the factory fuel gauge does not function and neither does the horn, it is known to occasionally pop out of first gear. Some stitching has come undone beside the rear bench seat.
All accompanying documentation, an original spare wheel, fire extinguisher, and old number plates will be supplied with a successful sale.
This listing is to the best of the sellers knowledge and is not misleading or deceptive in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in NSW under a club permit and is not transferable. It is not recorded as stolen or written off. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.
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