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Pearl White over Bahama Blue | Sedan | 4 Speed Manual | 1300cc 4 Cylinder | 102,739 miles showing | SOLD
Used and loved by those seeking transport on every continent, with the possible exception of Antarctica, today the collective human genius that is the VW Beetle is a classic counterculture car to own, drive and invest in.
Inexpensive but never cheap, great fun and never, ever boring the sweet spot for Beetle ownership, like most good things, falls into the 1960’s for Beetle uber-fans, collectors, historians, journalists, and celebrity owners like Ewan McGregor.
Still based on the original “is it coming or going?” platform the Beetle saw its most popular utility improvements in the 60’s including:
- A horsepower increase to 40hp
- Turn signals replacing semaphores
- Safer seatbelts
- Fresh air heating
- A fully synchromesh gearbox
- A fuel gauge
The original unbreakable, the VW Beetle has remained an icon for the last 81 years and will continue to do so with these early cars leading the charge in interest and collectability for their charm and abundant usability.
Offered here is an Australian delivered 1965 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 with manual transmission and in two tone Pearl White over Bahama Blue with Grey and White interior trim, exactly as the factory intended.
Released from long-term ownership and VW Club membership, this exceptionally well-presented Beetle was importantly hand-built in Australia with locally produced materials at the Melbourne based VW plant.
This unique 1965 Australian model is what many consider to be the among the most attractive VW Beetle variation in the world.
Local production hadn’t kept pace with European model advancements which meant the Australian Beetle was in many ways frozen in time. A combination of the original body and platform and construction techniques combined with conveniences like the all synchromesh transmission give this unique Beetle its cache over others.
An absolute blast to drive, and in well preserved condition a stint behind the enamel coated steering wheel of this spritely and collectable Beetle is like stepping into a time machine, temporarily escaping the mundane.
The pristine controls and switch gear mounted to the simplistic and-oh-so-60’s dash are all at arms-length, the signature chirping engine sound never loses its novelty, there’s plenty of space for 4 in the tidy and well-trimmed cabin and the drive experience is totally unadulterated and loads of fun.
The sort of characterful classic that compels you take a second look, this collectable and seriously usable Beetle is the reason you get out of bed on a Sunday morning at 6am for coffee and cars.
Never available for long and one of the best we’ve had the pleasure of finding, this Australian built 1965 VW Beetle, the last of its kind is one to take home.