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1955 VW Type 1

In 1933, Adolf Hitler gave the order to Ferdinand Porsche to develop a Volkswagen (literally, "people's car" in German).  Hitler required a basic vehicle capable of transporting two adults and three children at 100 km/h (62 mph). Initially called the Porsche Type 60 by Ferdinand Porsche, the car was later known as the Volkswagen Type 1, but became more commonly known as “The Beetle” after World War II.  Per Porsche’s genius, the car was designed to be as simple as possible mechanically, so that there was less to go wrong and production costs were minimized; the first engines were air-cooled 25 hp (19 kW) 995 cc units that incorporated a built-in oil cooler and a flat-4 configuration. Suspension design used compact torsion bars instead of coil or leaf springs to save weight.

 

The VW factory had only produced a handful of cars by the start of World War II in 1939. Once hostilities started, the Bug’s design was used in military applications.  The Bug’s life really began in 1945 when the first 1,785 production Beetles were made.  By 1946, the VW factory was producing 1,000 cars a month.  Starting in 1954, Volkswagen increased engine displacement from 1,131 cc to 1,192 cc, redesigned the crankshaft, and increased power from 25 bhp to a claimed 36 bhp. Also, the split rear window was closed to one window.

 

Produced on May 18 and finished May 20, 1955, this deLuxe Oval window Type 1 sedan,  #874106, was part of VW’s CKD (complete knock down) program.  These were full cars broken down into kits then shipped into other countries to avoid import duties and allow country-specific factories to produce and assemble VW Cars.  Originally delivered to Brussels on May 21, 1955, this unit was one of only 12,587 CKD VWs produced in Belgium in 1955 (VW Germany produced over 280,000 units that year!)...in fact, it was #10,321.  

 

More extraordinary, #874106 is 100% ORGINAL!!!  Paint, panels, engine, transmission, glass, wipers, interior, ALL ORIGINAL!  In Belgium, pop-out  semaphores were illegal so note the Belgium-specific side markers...something I've never seen anywhere else.  Other Belgium-specific parts include:  special Securit glass made in Belgium, riveted two part rims, Belgium-specific side mirror, unit number stamping in trunk, Belgium-specific rear reflectors, no jack clamp, no chassis number stamping in boot, no "Made in Germany" tag, and Belgium-specific paint code tag in boot.

 

This car is classic Light Beige L275 (VW75) with beige cloth interior and brown carpeting.  Note the Belgium-only paint tag in the front boot!  The interior pieces (seats, door panels, rear side panels) are all stamped with "183" designating these parts for this particular car.  Those ink stampings are still there today!!!  Incredible!!

 

This car is extraordinary for sure!!  Try finding a 100% original VW Bug in the world!

 

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