1972 Volkswagen Beetle 1300

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  • Full body-off restoration completed this year
  • Gorgeous example of the classic Beetle shape
  • “A wonderful machine to drive”

The Appeal

Originally a cheap alternative to the automobile for post-war Europe, the VW Beetle has become a cult icon thanks to several decade on the market and a characterful charm. 

This particular model, recently resprayed in stylish pale green paint has just come out of a full off-body restoration. With several new pieces including chrome attachments, mechanical and chassis elements and interior accessories, it is in fantastic condition. 

Thanks to the addition of earlier-model parts such as the front wings and light covers, this car features a unique look that very few other Beetles can boast. Furthermore, a quad-pipe Empi exhaust ensures a tuneful hum always bellow from the air-cooled boxer engine. Providing a thrill of driving and the ability to turn heads, this 1972 VW Beetle is surely a VW enthusiast’s perfect purchase for the upcoming summer weather.

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History and Paperwork

  • First registered in May 1972
  • Six owners from new
  • 21,000 miles believed to be genuine by the owner
  • Purchased by current owners in 2018
  • Parked until 2023
  • Body-off restoration completed in April of 2023
  • Plenty of invoices concerning the restoration
  • V5c included

The Interior

  • Clean interior cabin overall
  • Minimalist design
  • Gorgeous mint green exterior paint colour dashboard
  • Black door cards look to be in good shape
  • New carpets in reportedly excellent condition
  • Radio delete cubby and twin-USB 12v port fitted
  • New D-ring horn push and gear knob
  • New floor pan welded on to the chassis during restoration
  • Original seats showing some signs of use
  • No headlining present in the car
  • Everything in the car works as it should
  • Brand new spare wheel found in the front boot

The Exterior

  • Beetle shape looks great
  • Body panels all look to be in good condition
  • Pale green paint work fits the car well
  • Early-1950s front wings and bonnet fitted
  • Californian style rear lights and T1 headlights
  • Absence of chrome bumpers makes for a sporty look
  • All chrome pieces and accessories are new, bar chrome headlight surrounds, according to the owner
  • Underside is very clean according to the owner following the body-off restoration and protection
  • Wheels in excellent condition, new full set of tyres fitted
  • New heater channel, offside rear inner arch and floor pan all welded during the restoration
  • Clearcoat features some slight orange peel, but some wet sanding should smooth this out
  • Small blemish to the paint work on the drivers’ side front wheel arch

The Mechanics

  • 1285cc air-cooled four-cylindre boxer engine
  • Original four-speed manual transmission
  • Engine bay resprayed during restoration
  • Extremely precise gear changes
  • Thoroughly overhauled mechanics
  • Full brake system replaced including lines, pads, shoes, hoses, reservoir and a rebuilt master cylinder
  • Rebuilt carburettor with Autochoke
  • New shock absorbers and front beam with adjustable ride height
  • Signs of performance modifications completed in the past
  • Quad-pipe Empi exhaust fitted, “the car is an absolute dream to listen to”
  • The car does not have its original engine but this has been replaced with an identical unit (AB533612 on logbook AB053279 in car)
  • Minor leak at the rocker covers
  • Brand new gasket fitted
  • Wonderful machine to drive


Following a very recent full, body-off restoration, this 1972 VW Beetle is in very good condition. The owner mentions how well it drives and the attention it never ceases to attract. A wonderful example of the iconic “people’s car,” this model is surely perfect for many miles under the summer sun with the chirping soundtrack of the air-cooled boxer engine.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1972
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Beetle
  • Colour Pale Green
  • Odometer 21,238 Miles
  • Engine size 1285
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Leicester
  • Location Leicestershire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
15 bids from 5 bidders
  • ko•••• £6,800 07/06/23
  • cr•••• £6,700 07/06/23
  • cr•••• £6,600 07/06/23
  • ko•••• £6,500 07/06/23
  • cr•••• £6,450 07/06/23
  • ko•••• £6,350 07/06/23
  • cr•••• £6,250 07/06/23
  • ko•••• £6,150 06/06/23
  • RC•••• £6,050 06/06/23
  • Ba•••• £5,950 06/06/23

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