78 MO 10002

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Registration Mark
78 MO 10002
(a) Type:
Type 1
(b) Year:
(c) Colour:
Silver Metallic
(d) Paint code:
L97A Diamond Silver Metallic
(e) Engine CCs:


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

Model information

1200 Deluxe Beetle and Last Edition Beetle


Registration:  78MO10002
Chassis number:  118 200 1611
Engine number:  D1416753
Mileage:  96,700
First registered:  21/08/78
Car’s name:  “MoBee”
Owner’s name:  Daniel Shanaghy
Location:  Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo.

Additional information:
This Last Edition Beetle was supplied new on 22nd August 1978 by Fenns of Burton, VW Dealer, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England to Mr E. Lakin and was registered with registration number AFP921T.
Over the following 38 years, the car has had 6 owners, 3 changes of registration numbers and has travelled 96,000 miles in the UK. During that time, the car also had a complete restoration and is now in pristine condition.
Now the car is into its 39th year and has started a complete new chapter in its life – it has emigrated to Ireland.  The car now has an Irish Registration No. in Co. Mayo, Ireland, namely, 78 MO 10002. It felt appropriate to give the car a name, so “MoBee”, for “Mayo Beetle”, was agreed upon.
MoBee has joined the Western Veteran and Vintage Motor Club, based in the West of Ireland, and the Automobile Association of Ireland, so will be participating in many touring events throughout Ireland in the future.

The Last Edition Beetles were all finished in L97A Diamond Silver Metallic paint. This colour is still available, so a good match is possible for resprays and repairs.
Seats were trimmed in Marine Blue velour.

4 cylinder, 4 stroke, horizontally-opposed engine at rear. Air-cooled by fan. Pressure oil feed by gear-type pump, with oil cooler, cleaned by strainer. Separate fuel filter below tank. Mechanical fuel pump. Downdraft carburetor with automatic choke and accelerator pump. Dry air cleaner with paper

Body and chassis:
All-steel body bolted to chassis frame. Centre tube frame with front frame head and frame fork at rear.

Front axle, steering:
Front axle beam bolted to frame head. Independent suspension with twin cranked trailing links. Two transverse torsion bars. Telescopic shock absorbers. Stabiliser. Worm and Roller steering.

Rear axle:
Independent suspension with swing axle and trailing links.
Springs: Torsion bars. Telescopic shock absorbers.

Drum brakes
Footbrake: Hydraulic dual-circuit system.
Handbrake: Mechanical, effective on rear wheels.

Wheels and tyres:
Wheels: Steel, perforated disc. Drop centre rims with double hump. Size 4½ J x 15

Electrical system:
12 Volt system. AC generator with voltage regulator.

Submitted by: Donal Shanaghy

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