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1972 Volkswagen Beetle

0333 344 2329
ID 6445


This car is a 1972 1200 Beetle originally in Marine Blue (L54D) and subsequently given “Cal Look” side panels in Pastel White (L90D) It was off the road between 2008 and June 2021 when I completed a full Nut & Bolt Restoration. As a 1972 car, it is towards the end of the German build period and as a 1200 it was very much the “base spec model”, retaining the blade bumpers and with very little interior equipment. Not that there was ever a lot of equipment in a Beetle of any year! It was bought in as the classic “Abandoned Restoration Project” i.e. a rolling chassis, engine and many boxes of bits. The intention was for a retirement project to occupy several years. However, Covid came along and considerably more time in the garage was available! I set out to sympathetically “restore” rather than “replace” and wherever possible original equipment and components have been refurbished and re-used. The obvious exceptions being the engine (see below) and the front axle, which has been upgraded to provide Disc Brakes replacing the original drum set-up. I found that all the welding work had been done to a good standard – Heater channels and floor pans are completely sound. Even so, I decided to separate the floor pan and body to provide access to paint everything using “Bonda” Primer and Frost “Chassis Black” paint. The summary of work done to the chassis, body and running gear is: - • ALL box sections and door interiors injected with Waxoyl or VCI penetrating Oil • NOS Front Axle beam fitted (new Bolts) and Disc Brake conversion (New grease seals) • All Track rod ends and suspension ball joints replaced. • NEW brake components fitted including - o Master Cylinder o Front discs & callipers o Rear shoes and slave cylinders o ALL fixed and flexible brake pipe runs o DOT 5 (Non Corrosive) brake fluid used • New Shock Absorbers front and rear • New steering damper • New Handbrake and Heater cables • New door and window scraper seals The engine is not the original but a later model 1600cc “Twin-Port” VEGE reconditioned unit. There is no crank end-float and it runs well with good compression on all 4 cylinders. All the tinware was stripped and repainted to match the body colour. Starter motor, carb and distributor were fully refurbished before refitting and a new fuel pump was sourced. The gearbox and engine were refitted to the rolling chassis prior to refitting the body. New bearing and drive tube seals were fitted all round. The engine lid has been modified to provide extra airflow for cooling. The wiring harness and electrics have been modified and updated with new connectors used throughout. There is now a battery master switch and an ignition immobiliser switch as anti-theft measures. An original, operational, period VW Radio is fitted. An electric screen wash system has been sourced to replace the original air pressure system. The original seats were carefully refurbished and new seat runners for the front seats sourced and fitted. (They are the rarer T-shaped runners) A new carpet set has been fitted with sound insulation underneath covering the floorpans and the engine bulkhead/rear seat area. New (blue) front seat belts fitted. The original metal footplates were missing but a new marine ply item has been made and fitted Wheels are “EMPI” which were sourced to replace the original steel wheels. They have been painted white to match the body side panels. Although a formal MOT is no longer required the car has been inspected to MOT standard with documentary proof. A full photographic record has been kept and copy of my “Restoration Log” is available as a pdf. The car runs and drives well, and I have enjoyed the restoration process. With some regret I am selling it to allow room and time to concentrate on other projects…. Any inspection invited/recommended. Located in Lancashire (near Blackpool)


Proper brakes for the first time, the best performance yet
Much improved performance and visibility, cheaper and better value than early cars. Excellent traction in snow and rough conditions.