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- Registration Mark
- 670 WZJ
- (a) Type:
- Type 1
- (b) Year:
- (c) Colour:
- White (Non VW)
- (d) Paint code:
- Non VW
- (e) Engine CCs:
- (a) Country of origin:
- (b) County first reg'd:
- (c) Current or last known location:
If something is ever going to scream ‘1980s’ then a white Beetle with a Porsche Turbo Kit and colour coded white wheels will certainly do it!
We spotted this Beetle in Waterford, at the Thrill on the Hill event that was sponsored by Tom Murphy Car Sales in Waterford. It was a fantastic event and attracted a large number of Beetles and even an immaculate low mileage Type 3 Fastback. Many of the Volkswagens that were on the day were daily drivers at the time. The Volkswagen club and show scenes were huge then and the quality of restorations were getting better and better every year and the custom VWs were getting more and more extravagant which leads us nicely along to this wild looking Beetle which stood out from all the other Volkswagens on display, and let’s face it, we couldn’t miss it!
This particular 1303 was imported into Ireland from the UK in 1980 and then registered in Dublin. We’re not sure who imported it but we believe that by around 1983 or 1984 it had changed hands and was then owned by one of the committee members from the Volkswagen Owners Club of Ireland, who also happened to work for Volkswagen Ireland at the time also. This not so subtle 1303 was originally Sahara Beige (L232) but as you can see, this was no longer a boring beige Beetle that would fade into the background of any shopping centre car park!
Around 1988 the 1303 Beetle went on to be owned by an airline pilot in Howth. He brought his Turbo Beetle into Emilio’s Beetles for some work and then enjoyed cruising around in his eye catching Beetle for about two years before selling it to Emilio who had planned to restore it back to original and stock factory condition when he was approached by a car dealer. This dealer had a client who was looking for just such a vehicle. His client had just begun selling mobile phones, this at a time when mobile phones were just starting to become available on the Irish market so this Beetle was the perfect attention grabbing car for the job and it found a very happy new owner.
In 1997 a gentleman by the name of Hugo bought 670WZJ. Hugo used the Beetle for two years before trading it in against a fully restored Beetle from Emilio’s Beetles in 1999. The body kit was removed and underneath wasn’t such a pretty sight. Time had not been kind to this 1303 and in reality, the body was too far gone to be saved but the chassis remains in storage awaiting the day when a good 1303 body turns up. You see, old Beetles never die, they’re just waiting for a second chance to hit the road again!