Daniel Schmitt & Co. Classic Car Gallery St. Louis presents 1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Oval Window Beetle

The Beetle, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1, was originally constructed to be the German transportation for the masses vehicle, the same way Ford’s Model T was for America in the early 20th century. Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, the “Volks-wagen” or “People’s Car” had to meet four requirements laid out by the German Government; to be fuel efficient, carry two adults and two children comfortably, capable of 60mph and feature an air-cooled rear engine. Porsche and his staff tried various combinations with the aerodynamic “beetle” shape and ultimately it was the designated Type 38, with split rear windows that became the Type 60 or “KdF-Wagen” translated as the “Strength through Joy Car.”

After WWII the now British controlled VW Factory was rebuilt and the car slowly entered mass production. The Type 1’s unconventional appeal in the traditional large car market of the United States eventually brought in strong sales figures and resulted in VW producing more Beetle derivatives, such as the Type 2 Microbus, Karmann Ghia, the Thing and the Type 3 platform of air-cooled flat-4 engine vehicles. Eventually the sales trend of the imported VW’s caught the eye of American Auto Makers and resulted in the “Big Three” producing their own compact cars. This would do little to change that the American Public had been smitten by the “Bug.”

DANIEL SCHMITT & CO. PRESENTS

Daniel Schmitt & Co. Presents 1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Oval Window Beetle

 

Daniel Schmitt & Co. Presents 1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Oval Window Beetle

 

Daniel Schmitt & Co. Presents 1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Oval Window Beetle

 

1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Oval Window Beetle 1.2L 36 HP Flat-4 Engine

 

1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Oval Window Beetle  – beautiful Brown Interior

 

1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Oval Window Beetle Interior

 

1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Oval Window Beetle Back seat

 

1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Oval Window Beetle Spare Tire

HIGHLIGHTS

  • BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED OVAL WINDOW BEETLE
  • DESIRABLE COLOR COMBINATION
  • FIRST PRODUCTION YEAR FOR TWIN EXHAUST PIPES
  • ORIGINAL CALIFORNIA CAR WITH BLACK PLATE
  • CORRECT 36 HP ENGINE
  • WELL FURNISHED & OPTIONED
  • INCLUDES OWNER’S MANUAL, PERIOD SUITCASE & PICNIC BASKET
  • RECENTLY SERVICED
  • DRIVES AND PERFORMS LIKE NEW – A PLEASURE TO DRIVE!

OPTIONS INCLUDE:

  • DELUXE TRIM
  • ROOF RACK
  • CHROME GRAVEL GUARDS
  • CHROME HANDLE GUARDS
  • MOTOROLA VOLUMATIC AM RADIO

 

The 1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Oval Window Beetle featured here is finished in gorgeous Prairie Beige with a beautiful brown interior. This original California car still retains its black plate. A recent restoration has been performed and this Beetle is now ready to be shown or driven. It is fitted with many options including deluxe trim, roof rack, chrome gravel guards, Motorola Volumatic AM radio and more. We are proud to offer this exceptional example to the most particular collector, investor or enthusiast who demands the best. Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013 and posting gains of 395-percent over the last 10-years. Ready to make an investment you can actually enjoy? Please contact one of our expert sales consultants at (314) 291 7000 or info@schmitt.com for more information. They will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description, and answer any questions you may have. Bid with confidence; this just might be one the best finds on the market!

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