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Beloved across continents and generations, the Volkswagen Beetle was a success beyond the wildest expectations, with more than 21.5 million examples built between 1938 and 2003. Head and shoulders above the rest in terms of desirability are the very early, split-rear-window models, such as the car on offer.
This spectacular 1951 Beetle was sold new in Finland and spent nearly all its life there and is a Deluxe model, according to the consignor. Its Finnish tax and registration booklet, which dates from 1952, is included with the sale and records the car’s details, including its engine number. The Beetle possesses the coveted front quarter-panel fresh air vents and rare Basta pillar-mounted folding semaphores, and features the correct “bat wing” steering wheel and “pope’s nose” license plate light.
According to the consignor, the car was carefully and authentically restored by 2009 in Finland, where it was held in a private collection. It ran in the 2017 BBT Convoy Rally from Belgium to Germany and back before being brought to the US. Late in 2017, it participated in the Speedwell Rallye in California and was shown at the Southern California Vintage VW Treffen.
Offered with its tool kit, jack, spare, owner’s manual, pre-restoration photos, and historical documents, this remarkable Volkswagen Beetle will be a welcome sight the world over at shows, rallies, and tours that showcase air-cooled vehicles.