1962 Volkswagen Beetle LHD
在元祖Beetle多年歷史裡，曾進行過多次大大少少的改變，以配合時代及市場需要，例如在1962年，車廠為Beetle加裝了機械式燃油計，後方用了面積更大的尾窗及尾燈，轉向燈部分用了黃色燈罩以符合當時的歐洲標準，擋風玻璃清洗器由手泵式改為壓縮氣體。動力方面，採用40匹馬力輸出的1.2公升引擎，在香港見到的Beetle以右軚居多，左軚版則較為罕有。而這小汽車的來歷更和英國皇太后及英女皇有直接的關係，因為他的主人Arthur Barty Exchauffrur, 這人本身是英國貴族同時也是皇太后的司機
Elizabeth 是汽車維修員，本來也十分喜歡汽車但由公主變為女皇在公開場合當然不能用外國車但女皇十分喜歡汽車包括越野車跑車和旅行車，幫她修車的人十分怕因為她自己也修車, 而她媽媽（皇太后）司機( 本身也是貴族的Black Watch Mr Arthur Barty) 在60年代買了一台風冷德國福士甲蟲，他一定會叫皇太后及女皇去看的這不難想像，也因為大家十分熟所以也不會拍照，女皇深知甲蟲在二戰有多可靠,不難想像她去看一下這水平對向風冷引擎，在皇家花園里上車開一下, 甲蟲在最早是十分平的平民車，但她比奧斯汀及非亞特五百好多了，車速過百又可以座二個成人加三個孩子所以是一台十分好的入家汽車, 但現在這台62年的甲蟲是一台甲蟲中的豪華款有大天𥦬⋯⋯, 甲蟲在全世界沒有人不知道, 這也是一台十分有歴史的Bug
1962 Volkswagen Beetle LHD
In the history of Beetle, there have been many changes that have been made in order to meet the needs of the times and the market. For example, in 1962, the car factory installed a mechanical fuel gauge for Beetle, and used a larger tail light and turn signal at the rear. Part of the yellow shade was used to comply with European standards at the time, and the windshield washer was changed from a hand pump to a compressed gas. In terms of power, the 1.2-litre engine with 40 horsepower output. The Beetle can be seen in Hong Kong which is mostly right hand drive. The left hand drive version is very rare.this particular 1962 beetle has been owned bu mr Arthur Barty Exchauffrur, the Ex chauffeur, Queens mother’s chauffeur.
1963 Volkswagen Beetle
According to his 'birth certificate' (sourced from Stiftung Auto Museum) 'Bertie the Beetle' began life on the 19th of August, 1963 and was despatched from the factory to a destination in Ramsgate some four days later. Since then, and up until our vendor purchased the car in February 2011, we imagine this little Beetle has led a life of ups (partial renovations in 1989 and '92) and downs (on SORN between 2001 to 2008).
Our vendor had always intended to create a 'show car' and, although when he purchased 'Bertie ' for £3,360 it was in sound condition, he decided that the time had come to fulfil his ambition and carry out a no expense spared, bare-metal, nut and bolt restoration, and so commenced the next two years in pursuit of perfection.
Despite it being in reasonable condition, the original shell was replaced with another from a 1963 Beetle and any sub-standard panels on that were swapped for brand new German-manufactured ones as was the floorpan. Pro-Strip in Nottingham removed all the old paint and anything organic and the vehicle then received a phosphate coating. All bolts, washers, and trim have been replaced in stainless steel or chrome and all seals, grommets and sundry fixings were also renewed.
The vendor had a clear idea of how he wanted the interior to look and Bernard Newbury (Auto Interiors) was commissioned to create something special. The seats and panels are trimmed in Red Leather with matching map pockets and gear lever boot. Scarlet, deep pile, wool carpet is fitted throughout, including the parcel shelf, under the bonnet area and the bespoke spare wheel cover. The headlining is finished in a cream coloured wool-mix fabric. Matching polished-aluminium switches and knobs have been fitted across the interior, and the dashboard is finished off with a retro 'Old Timer' digital radio and speaker. The seat frames and runners were powder coated in black and the seat adjusters fitted with polished aluminium knobs.
Daniel Wharton of 'Reichspeed Aircooled' at West Stockwith undertook a complete engine rebuild, boring it out to 1641cc, fitting twin Weber 34 carburettors, stainless steel silencer and Theo Dekker exhausts, deluxe heat exchanger kit, Petronix 11 ignition kit and a Flamethrower 11 coil.
The suspension has not been forgotten, having been overhauled and rebuilt with new axles, new front and rear shock absorbers, tie rods and king and link pins along with a lowered ride height, narrowed front beam with new beam plates and adjusters, and chrome torsion arm covers. Disc brakes are fitted at the front with a new master cylinder, copper brake lines, hoses and stainless steel brake hose clips.
All external trim was replaced and new items fitted in either stainless steel or chrome including Albert swan-neck mirrors, stainless steel bumpers, and over-riders.
As you can imagine this was not a cheap exercise with the parts bill alone coming to in excess of £20,000, never mind the labour. Our fastidious vendor has compiled a six-page detailed (very detailed) breakdown of all his costs and this is in the history file along with a number of old receipts and inspection reports dating from the early eighties.
This is not a car that has been restored as a faithful 'original, nor is it a 'Custom Car Special', it's more one man's vision of his idea of the Best Beetle in the World.
Have a look at it and if you like Beetles, you'll fall in love, and if you don't like Beetles you will still feel a twinge of admiration. Try and find another one as good as this.