1956 Volkswagen 'Beetle' Oval Window
Chassis no. 11028654
Engine no. 1930236
1,192cc OHV Air-Cooled Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Solex Carburetor
38bhp at 3,900rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front and Rear Swing Axle Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
*Restored only four years ago
*Recent engine-out tune-up and detail
*Desirable, early styling
*Pre-1957 model eligible for many sought after events
One of the 20th Century's truly great automobiles, the Volkswagen 'Beetle' transcended its origins as the German 'people's car', going on to become an all-time best-seller and cult classic. Originally conceived by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, the Volkswagen inspired unusual loyalty and enthusiasm based on its practicality, reliability, adaptability and affordability.
The Volkswagen's layout was the essence of practicality. The platform backbone frame was simple to build, and its rear mounted engine left the entire volume between the wheels free of obstructions and mated directly to the transaxle, eliminating 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. An air cooled engine eliminated the whole water cooling system of pumps, pipes, hoses and radiators as well as eliminating the risk of freezing in cold northern winters.
It was a remarkably well thought out concept, meeting a number of difficult challenges and it proved, in terms of its impact on automobile design and acceptance, comparable to Henry Ford's Model T.
Visual changes during the model's long run were subtle, but perhaps the purest expression of the Beetle's design was the elegant 'Oval Window' produced between 1953-1957.
The Motorcar Offered
This car, from the penultimate year of Oval Window production, is finished in black over tan leatherette with cream piping and door trim insertsa non-original interior trim color but one that suits the car well. Restored four years ago, it was previously owned by a celebrity chef in the Hudson Valley. More recently, the engine was removed for servicing and a complete tune-up less than 50 miles ago. The gaskets were replaced, the valves adjusted, and the engine was detailed. The wheels also received some love with a new paintjob for a factory correct look along with new tires and hubcaps.
The recent work makes for Bug that should be a comfortable and competent driver, and the 1957 build year makes this a potential bargain entry into numerous high-profile road events.
- Please note that the correct chassis number for this vehicle is 11028654.