5217 IH

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Registration Mark
5217 IH
(a) Type:
Type 1
(b) Year:
(c) Colour:
(d) Paint code:
Non VW
(e) Engine CCs:


(a) Country of origin:
United Kingdom
(b) County first reg'd:
(c) Current or last known location:

Model information

1300 Beetle Deluxe


We know very little of the history of this modified Beetle other than Declan O’Donnell spotted it parked in Donegal on July 11th 2021 and very kindly submitted the photo to the Beetle.ie Census.

This Beetle is a UK import, registered in Donegal back in 1983. It was first registered in the UK in 1974 having left the factory as a 1300cc Beetle Deluxe.

The most obvious modification, apart from the fresh bright red paint is the Porsche style Turbo kit from the 1980s. At one point these were the modification to do on your Beetle and if you couldn’t afford a full kit, you were still cool with just the bootlid spoiler. They were so ‘of the time’ that Volksworld Magazine even gave a Turbo kit away as a prize back in the very early days of the magazine. Despite fibreglass kits like this Porsche Turbo kit and the Wizard Roadster kit being largely shunned from the VW scene once Restocal and Cal Look took off, they are making a comeback so if you have one of these kits in your parts stash, you’re sitting on retro cool now! Who knew????

Submitted by: Declan O'Donnell

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