CRASH (John Matos) (American, born 1961) Beetle, 1995

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Lot 32
CRASH
(John Matos) (American, born 1961)
Beetle, 1995

Sold for £ 27,562 (US$ 38,463) inc. premium
CRASH (John Matos) (American, born 1961)
Beetle, 1995
signed
spray paint on Volkswagen Beetle

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

    Please note that this lot will be moved to a storage facility in Woking, Surrey, immediately after the sale.

    1971 Volkswagen Beetle 1302 Saloon
    Chassis Number 111 3081170
    Engine Number AB 344504

    Unquestionably one of the most important motor cars of the 20th century, the Volkswagen Type 1, known around the world as the Beetle or indeed the Bug, was the affordable 'everyman' car of its day - much like Ford's Model T. Its rugged simplicity and quirky styling, a consequence of 'parallel thinking' on behalf of Ferdinand Porsche and his contemporaries, resulted in its worldwide popularity. Over the course of the entire latter half of the 20th century, the bug was produced by the millions and received calculated updates over the decades. By the time production ceased (in Mexico) in 2003 a staggering 21,500,000-plus Beetles of all types had been made.

    Believed constructed in June 1971 and delivered new to Belgium, this LHD example of Volkswagens ubiquitous bug is displaying 22,091 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloguing. The popular 1302 model features improved MacPherson strut front suspension but retains the body-coloured metal dash preferred by enthusiasts. The car is not believed to have been run in recent years and is not registered with the DVLA.

    Spray painted by New York graffiti artist Crash, Beetle displays the bold colours and brash illustrations that Crash became known for. Crash began bombing subway trains in the rail yards in the Bronx from the early age of 13 and has been an important fixture on the New York and international graffiti since ever since.
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