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Registration Mark
(a) Type:
Type 1
(b) Year:
(c) Colour:
White with a patina finish
(d) Paint code:
(e) Engine CCs:


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

Model information

1972 Beetle Deluxe


This is what makes the VW scene as fun, wacky and individual as it is.

Mary Hopkins bought this UK registered Beetle and took it to Martin Murray’s Eirespares Show in 2007. It even went on to win Best Daily Driver. As the prize suggested Mary was using it daily and loving it. Mary and her Beetle were spotted at so many events around Ireland in her Beetle but it was about to have a makeover as Mary wanted a ‘patina’ car. For those that aren’t familiar with the term patina, in the VW scene it relates to original and worn paint finishes and can add massively to the desirability of an old VW. Odd as it may seem to anyone who spends all their time and money restoring a VW to a better than new finish, enthusiasts and collectors alike go crazy for this look.

The downside to the increased demand for patina cars is that the price of original paint cars has rocketed which makes it difficult for fans of patina cars like Mary to get the car of their dreams.

Not one to be put off by supply and demand issues, Mary decided she would help nature along and recreate the patina finish on her 1972 Beetle. Thanks to a very talented artist who she flew over to Galway for the task, the paint now looks like it has spent it’s time at sea with rust trails dripping down from every angle and a burnt paint effect on the roof. Mary chose to keep her Beetle looking stock so as to add to the used and abused look rather than custom so it sits at stock height and runs original rims.

We love the ‘breakdowns’ counter on the nearside quarter 🙂

We haven’t seen ‘Seamus’ ,as Mary christened him, in a while so we hope he is keeping dry and getting ready to hit the road again soon.

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