Lot 47

2016   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2016

1960 Volkswagen Beetle

SOLD $121,000


$35,000 - $55,000





Car Highlights

Charming Provenance, Retained by Original Owner for 30 Years
Odometer Displays Less than 15,500 Miles from New
Countless Factory-Original Materials and Finishes Remain Remarkably Intact
Exceptional File of Documentation Includes Detailed Service Log
One of the Finest Unrestored Examples of its Kind

Technical Specs

1,192 CC Flat 4-Cylinder Air-Cooled Engine
Single Solex Carburetor
36 BHP at 3,700 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars
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From the Jerry Seinfeld Collection

“I love the colors of this car and the mileage is ridiculous. This is the last year of the classic 36 hp engine. I think selling this was a huge mistake.” – Jerry Seinfeld

Ruth Lahey, a schoolteacher living in Mitchell, South Dakota, was the first owner of this Volkswagen, and she diligently maintained it for 30 years before selling the 14,000-mile car to her nephew in May 1990. The Beetle remained in South Dakota until Dave Marx of Sioux City, Iowa, acquired it in February 2008 with 14,870 miles. Joining The Jerry Seinfeld Collection in 2008 and now showing less than 15,500 miles, this remarkable Beetle is beautifully finished in Pebble Gray (Keiselgrau, 440) over a two-tone interior, and appears wonderfully original inside and out. The seats, carpet, floor mats, rubber moldings, and chrome – indeed virtually all areas of the car – show only gentle signs of use.

The once-ubiquitous Beetles have become an evermore-infrequent sight, and their relative scarcity now allows us to appreciate more fully the beauty of their timeless design and ingenious simplicity. The Beetles of the early 1960s, which predate the major design revisions that lay ahead, perhaps best showcase the personality of the “People’s Car.” This exceptionally original example, offered with priceless documentation and meticulous service records, represents a practically unrepeatable opportunity. It will be welcome at almost any automotive gathering, where onlookers are sure to fawn over this unrestored gem.