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Few cars in the history of motoring are as deserving of the term “icon” as the beloved Volkswagen Beetle. One of the first air-cooled, rear-engined cars, the Beetle is among the longest-running, continuously manufactured automobiles of all time.
This 1950 Beetle is an especially rare and collectible Deluxe model featuring the distinctive split-oval rear window, W-style deck lid, and “pope’s nose” license plate light. In 2007, it underwent a nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration by VW specialists, Cooker’s Restoration of Williamsport, Maryland, and has very few miles since completion. The current owner purchased this early Beetle two years ago and displays it in his private VW museum in Maryland. It is believed that the previous owner had the car since 1994 and prior to his ownership, it had been kept idle in Pennsylvania for 22 years.
This car features matching numbers stamped on the body and pan, and has been refinished in its original color of L51 Bordeaux Red. Correct materials, including the wool mohair fabric for the headliner and square weave carpets, were shipped from Germany to complete the interior. Cooker’s Restoration took extreme care to preserve and restore the original gauges, semaphore directional signals, seat frames, steering wheel, and glove box. All mechanicals are period-correct or original, rendering this lovely Beetle Deluxe an authentic and ultimately enjoyable example of one of the most recognizable automobiles in the world.