Available for auction is this 1952 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle finished in Beige over a beige cloth interior. Produced from 1948 to the end of 1952, the split-window Beetles are considered purest to the original Ferdinand Porsche design and remain the most coveted by collectors by far. Among the last of the split-window Beetles, this 1952 example was imported to Mexico in 1995 and acquired by the prior owner about 15 years ago before being restored and eventually sold to the current owner in 2021 as part of a collection. This final-year split-window 1952 example is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Mexico.
This Beetle was completely refinished in the current nonmetallic Beige paint color during its restoration and sports an early split-window bodyshell with chrome brightwork, bumpers, and rocker panels. The seller notes some imperfections and patina throughout the body as well as a minor blemish on the hood. Several traces of rust are also present as depicted in the photo gallery. The wheels are painted to match the exterior and come fitted with chrome hubcaps and a set of whitewall tires.
Inside, the four-seater cabin is trimmed in striped beige upholstery with matching carpets and a distinctive early-style painted dashboard with dual gloveboxes. Features include a three-spoke banjo-style steering wheel, manual window rollers, an analog clock, a dashboard grab handle, and a rear dome light. The cabin exhibits signs of age and patina commensurate with the exterior.
Power comes from an air-cooled 1,131cc flat-four engine driving the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual gearbox. Routine maintenance is said to have been carried out annually by the specialists at ProRally with major services performed in 2014, 2018, and most recently in 2021 including overhauls of the engine, gearbox, and brakes. Images of the undercarriage are provided in the gallery.
This sale will include a clean title. One of the earliest and purest examples of Volkswagen's iconic Beetle, this final-year split-window Coupe makes a fantastic complement to any classic car collection.