1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697

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Lot 102
Formerly the property of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong
1954 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 'OVAL WINDOW'

Sold for US$ 38,500 inc. premium
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'
Chassis no. 10773047
Engine no. 3053697

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

*Formerly the property of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong
*Beautifully restored
*Desirable, early styling
*Pre-1957 model eligible for many sought after events



THE BEETLE

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. 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. 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

Rolling of the line at the end of the year in 1954, this Beetle was delivered new to Europe. While the early history of this Beetle is murky, it was restored in 2008/9 to a high standard that continues to show well today. Winning a number of awards and trophies following its restoration, the Bug was purchased by Billie Joe Armstrong. Armstrong, lead singer and guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning band Green Day and Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame inductee, would retain the car until recently when it was acquired by the present owner.

Finished in gloss black paint with a correct-type red vinyl interior with black piping and head-sewn pleats, this Beetle belies its pedestrian heritage with its elegant bamboo under-dash tray, chrome luggage rack, semaphores, and white wall tires shrouding red steel wheels with chrome hub caps. Don't wake up when September comes to regret missing this opportunity to acquire a beautiful example of one of the most desirable and stylish Bugs out there.
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1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
1954 Volkswagen Beetle 'Oval Window'  Chassis no. 10773047 Engine no. 3053697
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