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1978 Volkswagen Beetle Last Edition (LEB)

Lot No.: 302

Registration: YTA167S
Chassis Number: 1182007277
Engine Number: D1417446
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1200cc
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Sold for (£): 15,188

The story of the Beetle is well known; it was initially designed to provide cheap transport for the hard working German masses. Built in very small numbers before and during World War II, the Beetle literally rose from the ashes of Volkswagen's bombed-out Wolfsburg factory to become an instant success in Europe, Britain, America and virtually every other country in the world. The model evolved through various facelifts and numerous mechanical changes - there were more than 70,000 identifiable modifications - and it provided a platform for other models, including commercial vehicles and sporting derivatives such as those by Karmann-Ghia. It was this constant development and attention to detail which allowed the Beetle to maintain its position, and as production raced past the 15,000,000 mark, the Beetle went on to be crowned ‘The Best Selling' car of all time.

Volkswagen produced the last 300 German manufactured right-hand drive beetles in 1978 and they were unique to any other. All were produced in the very special ‘Jubilee Silver’, a colour unique to this batch and never before graced on any other model year. The vehicles were each equipped with a 1200cc engine (the most famous of all), unique blue corded velour trim, flat screen (as a mark to the past), heated rear window, fresh air blower and handbrake dash light. Finally, to certify each vehicle, a dash mounted plaque stated the vehicles number in the sequence. This example is known throughout the VW owners club and featured on the official LEB register.

Reading an incredible 7200 miles, this LEB Beetle, number 111, was the subject of a sympathetic restoration between 2011-2013 and is in lovely condition. The Jubilee Silver paintwork is bright and the interior is immaculate. All brightwork and chrome are 'as new', the glass is original and the engine bay is extremely original. A number of bills detail expenditure and a current MoT has just been carried out, along with an oil service from respected VW specialist Veedubs.

The LEB is commonly known as the most limited production of any special edition Beetle and in our opinion is very significant to any serious collector. In addition, this car would make an ideal first classic for any enthusiast for a most reasonable outlay.