Two owners and 30,409 miles from new 1970 Volkswagen 'Beetle' 1302S Saloon Registration no. ELM 402J Chassis no. 2130339 Engine no. AD0309170
One of the 20th Century's truly great automobiles, the Volkswagen 'Beetle' lived down its origin as Hitler's 'people's car', going on to become an all-time best-seller and cult classic. The Beetle was continuously up-dated from the time post-war production commenced, under British military supervision, in 1945, acquiring subtly altered coachwork, improved running gear and larger engines. Development proceeded slowly in the immediately post-war years; there were numerous detail improvements but the model range - standard and 'export' saloons plus the Karmann-built cabriolet - remained unchanged from 1949 to 1965. The first major change to the original design occurred in 1953 when a larger, 1,192cc engine was introduced on the '1200' model. Export models were built to a higher specification, incorporating hydraulic brakes and synchromesh gears, but even as late as 1962 the standard saloon was being built with cable brakes and a non-synchromesh gearbox! Greater window area and revised, ball-jointed front suspension had been among the most significant developments for 1965, and in the following year the standard, 34bhp 1200 model was joined by the new 1300 equipped with a more powerful 50bhp engine.
One of the most significant mechanical developments occurred in 1970 when MacPherson strut front suspension was adopted on the 1302 model in place of the original swing axles, and the following year this 'new' Beetle became available in Europe with an improved 1,584cc engine, being known as the 1302S. In 1972 a major styling development saw the introduction of a wrap-around windscreen and other cosmetic changes on the 1303. By the time European production ceased in 1974 a staggering 21,000,000-plus Beetles of all types had been made.
This 1302S had been owned from new by Mrs Elizabeth Whitaker prior to its acquisition by the Patrick Collection in August 1985 and comes with full service history. Currently displaying a total of 30,409 miles on the odometer, 'ELM 402J' is described as in generally very good original condition, although some areas of the paintwork would benefit from refreshment. Running well, the car is offered with owner's manual and wallet, sundry invoices, assorted correspondence, a quantity of expired MoTs and tax discs, current road fund licence, MoT to May 2013 and Swansea V5.