January 18th 1979 was the last time a Volkswagen Beetle was produced over in South Africa. The car was inducted into the Volkswagen museum (now named the AutoPavillion) after gaining a reputation as one of the countries’s best selling cars.
Production from 1951 to 1979
With production occurring from August 1951 to January 1979, there were many cars developed. The car has now been restored, with the last ever of the 288,353 Volkswagen Beetle undergoing a great deal of work.
Damage in 2006
The car went through a great deal of damage back in 2006. This was due to an accident which also damaged 8 other historic vehicles that were destined to be displayed at the AutoPavillion.
A new body shell
As the car was write off, another body shell in near new condition from the same era was found and restored onto the car. Parts that were able to be recovered were sprayed metallic bronze which was the original colour.
Different chassis number
An official restoration process requires the vehicle to have the same chassis number. This time round that specific detail is different.
Johan Wagner, the Manager of the Volkswagen AutoPavillion said how the car was almost in it’s original state back in the 1970’s. His exact words were “All the mechanicals and most of the interior from the original car could still be used. The original car was loaded with luxury features not found on any of the models which preceded it.”
“It was built with most of the luxury features of the higher specification and limited edition 1600′s such as the Fun Bug, Lux Bug, Jeans Bug and Snug Bug.”
Special features of the car
Special features of the vehicle includes taper-tip exhaust pipes, black fender spats, a special gearlever knob, a cigarette lighter, Bilboa cloth upholstery, Rostyle rims and a centre tunnel console.
In total it has taken a total of two years for the car to be fully brought up to acceptable standards. It really is a fitting tribute to one of the country’s best ever vehicles.
The new Volkswagen Beetle
Many are looking forward to the new generation Volkswagen Beetle, set to hit the South African car market later on in the year. This time round Volkswagen has promised that the car will be more a masculine car, meaning it will not mainly purchased by females.