• A wonderful example of the characterful ‘people’s car’, benefitting from a bare-metal restoration and a more powerful engine.
  • Under the rear engine lid is a new 1.6-litre air-cooled flat-four, which was supplied by The VW Engine Company, and drives the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission.
  • This left-hand drive Beetle left the factory in February 1959, and was sold new in Sweden, before being imported into the UK and registered with the DVLA in December 2005.
  • The odometer displays 3,029km, which is believed to be the distance covered since the engine was replaced.
  • It was fully restored by model specialist ‘Beetle Magic’, at a cost of approximately £14,000.


  • While it was originally finished in black, this Beetle has since been repainted in a charming shade of blue, and features a retrimmed interior with grey herringbone and blue vinyl upholstery and blue carpets.
  • It rides on the correct set of body-coloured steel wheels, which are in great shape, and while there is a small dent on the front passenger-side hubcap, this should be relatively easy to replace.
  • As well as its replacement engine, the car also benefits from a disc brake conversion, and is fitted with a sliding ‘Webasto’ sunroof’.
  • The car has also been tastefully lowered, and its wheels have been pushed further out for a more purposeful look.
  • This Beetle will be accompanied by its certificate of production from the Volkswagen Automuseum and a folder of paperwork documenting its history.


  • There is no known bodywork damage; however the bonnet, doors and wings were replaced during the car’s restoration.
  • Fully resprayed inside and out, the blue paintwork is in excellent condition, with a smooth and glossy appearance around the car and only a handful of minor blemishes and stone chips.
  • Having been fully re-trimmed, the cabin is in superb order, with no evidence of wear to the upholstery or interior elements.
  • There are no known electrical or mechanical faults.
  • While it is exempt due to its age, the car’s last MOT test was conducted on 12 September 2019 at an indicated 1,638km, resulting in a clean, first-time pass.
  • The vendor will confirm the service history in due course.


Stylish, reliable and inherently charming, the classic Volkswagen Beetle is a true automotive icon. Benefitting from a full restoration and equipped with a new 1.6-litre engine in place of its original 1.2-litre unit, this wonderful 1959 Deluxe Sedan will turn heads both on the road and at any number of classic car shows, and would make a fun weekend driver for any enthusiast.

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Car Overview

  • 3,029 km (on new engine)
  • manual
  • LHD
  • Capri Blue (L398)
  • Cream
  • 1.6L
  • VIN2273714

Lot Overview

  • Lot #04858
  • managed Sale
  • Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom


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Exterior  (77)

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Mechanical  (17)

Documents  (8)

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