For Sale

1972 1303 VW Beetle Cabriolet

(With or without personalised number plate)

LHD - Ex-California Car

Contact Michael Piper by email at mjpiper@talktalk.net

 

One of original number plates available

 

Key Dates

 
  11th November 1972 Date of Manufacture  
  15th March 1973 First registered in Redondo Beach, California  
  1st February 1991 First registered in United Kingdom as FGV 181L  
  12th April 1992 Acquired by present owner at 60,937 miles  
  October 2017 Present Mileage 74,591  
       
 

Major Renovation

 
  19th May 1992 Engine bay seal replaced  
  1st August 1992 Carpets and rear shelf carpet replaced by Bernard Newberry (£225)  
  22nd January 1993 Replacement dash fitted  
  6th March 1993 UK spec headlights fitted (£104)  
  27th May 1995 Engine rebuilt by Harry Harpic including new clutch, plugs, points, replacement carburettor with correct I/D (£397)  
  8th October 1996 Brake overhaul and replacement of hoses; replaced both suspension joints (£185)  
  11th May 2005 New starter motor fitted (£87)  
  18th September 2006 4 off Firestone Tyres (£192)  
  19th September 2007 Replaced cracked steering wheel with original VW replacement (£85)  
  19th September 2007 Replaced indicator switch on steering column (£43)  
  24th June 2008 Complete Steering Overhaul: Two tie rods complete with ball joint ends (£93), steering idler bush (£33), center tie rod, damper and bush kit (£108) and labour by Hanningfield Motors (£215)  
  9th July 2008 Tracking aligned by Super Tyres Maldon (£35)  
  15th July 2008 Brake overhaul and new German Master Cylinder (£95)  
  15th July 2008 New stainless steel exhaust (£70)  
  26th September 2008 Purchased new wooden window frame surrond ready for hood replacement (£151)  
  2nd October 2008 New Sonneland material hood from European Trimming (£1,022) fitted by BJ Trimmers, East Hanningfield (£350)  
  November 2008 Car seats recovered by BJ Trimmers, East Hanningfield (£400)  
  17th June 2010 New battery (£84)  
  17th June 2011 New plugs, points, condenser; timing adjusted and running checked by Hanningfield Motors (£65)  
  10th June 2014 Rear brakes stripped and cleaned by Falmouth Diesels for MOT (£147)  
  16th July 2015 New exhaust tail pipes (£22)  
  August 2015 Original wheels shot blasted and powder coated by Maldon Shot Blasting & Powder Coating Ltd (£290)  
       

 

Recent Years MOT Mileage

 
  June 2017 74,546  
  June 2016 74,444  
  May 2015 74,207  
  June 2014 73,641  
  November 2012 73,453  
  October 2011 72,934  
  October 2010 72,147  
  October 2009 71,836  
  September 2008 71,166  
  September 2007 70,327  

 

Concours Condition???? - No

 
  * Car had had a "Californian Quick Spray" before it was shipped to UK and before I bought it. This is where they just mask it off and spray over the original paint. This has chipped in places, and in other places slight bubbling is present..... not that you would see it from a distance. Ideally the car needs a respray to bring it to tip top condition  
  * Coming from the dry State of California there was no rust on the car when I bought it. It did have one small plate welded to the rear passenger footwell. The car has been garaged during the 25 years that I have owned it.  
  * The engine runs well and starts easily; if it is left without running for say 3 months then some blue smoke emerges on initial start up. My last 350 mile trip from Cornwall took just over 7 hours which is an indication of how well it runs.  
  * One of the chrome hub caps has been dented/scratched and beaten out.  
  * Ideally windscreen rubber and trim needs replacing.... which would be ideally done if the car were to be resprayed.  

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Engine bay original

Seats recovered by BJ Trimmers

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Chrome on front and rear bumper reasonable (but not perfect!)

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Hose connection to petrol tank replaced

Original windscreen washer in working order; valve on steering column replaced

Spare wheel shot blasted and powder coated along with road wheels

Front boot area tidy and rust free

Dash cracked by Californian sun has been replaced

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Re-carpeted by Bernard Newberry

Pioneer cassette/radio with removable front

Seats recovered by BJ Trimmers

Sonneland fabric hood bag

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Battery Isolator Switch

VIN/Chassis/Frame Number 1532317248