NO RESERVE! - 2001 VW Beetle 1.6 Classic


・Low mileage and original example
・De-chromed edition
・Always up to date with routine maintenance and servicing
・Rot free and overall good condition


Recognised and loved the world over as a timeless motoring icon, the VW Beetle certainly deserves its place in motoring history. Let’s face it, its basic design and mechanical simplicity gained instant popular approval, with VW selling more than 21 million units over its 60 plus years production run, the final cars rolling off the production line in Mexico in 2003.

Full of character and charm, the final Classic 1600cc Beetles built in Mexico, offer all the benefits of owning and running VW’s most iconic car but with none of the drawbacks of the earlier models.

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Imported straight to the UK from Mexico in 2001 to its first owner, this car has been enjoyed by only a handful of owners in the last 20 years who have only put 42,000 KMs on the clock.

The current owner has had the car for around 4 years and used it sparingly during that time, only having to do routine maintenance and servicing, although it has also had the brakes stripped and rebuilt.

Other than that, the car has behaved faultlessly and been great fun to own and drive, catching the eye of admirers throughout the country in its fabulous and striking red.

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The V5 is present showing 4 previous owners and there are a few receipts for repairs and servicing done by present and previous keepers over the years.

The car comes with two keys and the current MOT expires in August 2022.  When checking its MOT history online, the recorded mileages should in fact be Kilometers as it has a KPH speedometer. There is obviously a completely erroneous reading taken and recorded in 2017 when somehow 104,062 is shown. This is obviously an anomaly and subsequent years record the actual numbers, albeit in KMs not miles!

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The black and red two-tone cloth seats give the interior a nice stylish and retro look and other than a small mark on the driver’s seat and a little sun-faded and minor wear on the rear seats, they are in nice condition, along with the headlining which is very clean and still nice and tight.

Carpets are a little worn in places and the dashboard and fascia are all good with no signs of any cracks and the door cards are also in fine condition.

The driver’s quarter-light window may need a new seal and the driver’s door seal has become a little ragged in one place though this is unlikely to need immediate replacement.

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Overall, the original bright red paintwork really suits the look and lines of the VW Beetle and this example also benefits from being factory de-chromed with bumpers and light surrounds all being painted in the body colour. Its very low mileage is testament of how original it is and the overall condition of the car in turn supports the low mileage reading.

Around the base of the front windscreen and on the rear bumper there is the beginnings of some rust coming through the paintwork but otherwise the car looks solid and rot free from many of the usual rust issues. Underneath the car also looks clean and tidy.

There are however a few untreated stone chips to the front of the car, the windscreen and the bonnet and there are various small scratches here and there around the car, along with the odd rusted screw, but these are tiny and nothing of any major concern. 

The H4 halogen headlights are clear and the bumpers all look straight and free from any dents or scrapes, and all four chromed wheels look in lovely condition with no scrapes or curb damage to be found. The seller tells us that some very minor damage was caused to the F/O/S wing earlier this year when it was scratched by a car (which drove off in a car park). It was professionally repaired and is not detectable.

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Under the bonnet you’ll find a nice looking 1600cc engine with everything looking as it should do, with no signs of any oil leaks. 

The car has been well maintained and serviced. The brake calipers have been stripped but also some new brake piping installed as required - this was to free up the brakes which had become stiff due to little use. The brake pedal travel was improved, (although it is still more than a modern car) and the MOT subsequently passed with no advisories.

The car is fitted with a performance exhaust and included in the sale is the original system with catalytic converter and is in excellent solid condition.

The only minor issue the owner reports is the petrol sender unit, which is currently behaving erratically and probably needs replacing to provide accurate fuel readings on the fuel gauge.

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The VW Beetle is as popular now as it ever was and enjoys a strong cult following amongst enthusiasts around the world and this 2001 model, with its low mileage, condition and being one of the last Beetles produced, is likely to attract a large number of bidders. 

Cheap to run, easy to live with and great fun to drive the VW Beetle will never go out of fashion and demand for good examples like this one is only likely to increase over the coming years.

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Auction Details
  • Year 2001
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Beetle
  • Colour Red
  • Mileage 42,010 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1600
  • Seller Type Private
  • County West Midlands
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
55 Bids
  • Qt•••• £5,400 18/10/21
  • lo•••• £5,300 18/10/21
  • Qt•••• £5,200 18/10/21
  • be•••• £5,100 17/10/21
  • Qt•••• £5,000 17/10/21
  • be•••• £4,900 17/10/21
  • Qt•••• £4,800 17/10/21
  • be•••• £4,700 17/10/21
  • Qt•••• £4,600 17/10/21
  • si•••• £4,500 17/10/21

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