247 FI

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Registration Mark
247 FI
(a) Type:
Type 1
(b) Year:
(c) Colour:
Metallic Red (originally Ocean Blue)
(d) Paint code:
Unknown (originally Ocean Blue L57H)
(e) Engine CCs:


(a) Country of origin:
(b) County first reg'd:
Tipperary North Riding
(c) Current or last known location:
Tipperary South Riding

Model information

1200 Beetle Deluxe


Beetle.ie 15-02-2020: Built in Dublin on the CKD assembly line, this 1200 Deluxe Beetle was finished in Ocean Blue (L57H). It was delivered to Spooner’s VW Garage in Roscrea where it was sold from and registered to its first owner in Tipperary North Riding (FI) in June 1977

Paul Farrelly sent us this photo which he took at an older Eirespares VW show and as you can see this Beetle has changed somewhat since leaving Spooner’s Garage. The colour has changed to a metallic red and the standard wheels with hubcaps are gone and in their place are a set of 5 spoke rims. There also appears to be aftermarket highback seats, maybe Golf, fitted to the front for comfort and maybe safety too. The bumpers look new and it has had new window rubbers all round. This Beetle looks to have been restored to a high standard and we hope it’s still out there being enjoyed all these years later.

UPDATE 07-05-2020: We were recently contacted by the current owner of 247 FI, TJ Gleeson who told us “This is my 1977 1200cc Beetle. I purchased it in 1999 so have it 21 years now, been garaged all that time.” It’s great to see an old VW in long term ownership and being minded so well. We hope you have many more happy miles behind the wheel TJ.

UPDATE 19-09-2023: TJ contacted us with some current snaps of his pride & joy, adding that he has owned 247 FI for almost 24 years now. We wish you many more years behind the wheel TJ.

Submitted by: TJ Gleeson

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