1962 Volkswagen Beetle "Sun Roof" Sedan
Chassis no. 47-83962
Engine no. 6810581
1,192cc OHV Flat 4-cylinder engine
Single Solex Carburetor
c. 55bhp at 5,000rpm
4-speed manual transmission
4-wheel Independent suspension
4-wheel drum brakes
*Great driving example ready to use
*Full length fabric sun roof
*Charming example the iconic Beetle
The Volkswagen Type 1 "Beetle"
The Volkswagen's layout was the essence of practicality. The platform backbone frame was simple to build and adaptable, the rear mounted engine left the entire volume between the wheels free of obstructions and mated directly to the transaxle which eliminated the driveshaft. Porsche's favored trailing arm independent front suspension with transverse torsion bar springs imposed little upon the internal volume and the swing axle rear suspension coped with the typically rough roads of the day. Porsche preferred an air cooled engine because it eliminated the whole water cooling system of pumps, pipes, hoses and radiators as well as eliminating the risk of freezing in cold northern winters. From the late Fifties through the early Seventies, Volkswagens sold in hundreds of thousands in the United States, peaking at 572,573 in 1970. In 1973 the Beetle surpassed the Model T's 21 million unit total production and has continued to add to its margin for a further quarter century.
The Motorcar Offered
This nice example of the rare Sun Roof bug spent more than 40 years in its second owner's care. Having been well maintained over the years it received periodic restoration work to keep it in fine form. A respray in its original color was performed and a new correct type white interior has been fitted. The car still remains quite original and appears to not have been pulled apart. Upon a recent test drive by a Bonhams specialist it was found to drive very well and was surprisingly sporty.
Always charming and great fun to drive, the Beetle is a true automotive icon. The pre-64 cars are always scarce compared to the late cars and a good sun roof example is not easy to find. With incredible parts availability and easy servicing, the Bugs are a great way of getting into collector cars. Considering the recent prices achieved for cabriolet versions, these sun roof cars represent excellent value.