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- GFI 522
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- Type 1
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1200 Deluxe and 6 volt
This rare Irish built 1965 Beetle was delivered to Glebe View Motors in 1965. It then had the dealer sticker applied to the dashboard (where it remains to this day) and the number plates GFI522 were fited.
After its first owner traded it in for a newer 12volt Beetle Angela Kiernan from Knock in Tipperary bought ‘Herbie’ as her children christened it and used it for everything from collecting kegs of Guinness in Roscrea for their pub, bringing her own kids and any local child who jumped in and on the Beetle to and from school and later it was semi retired and Angela would attend shows with her VW friend George Campbell.
I bought it from Angela and held onto it with the intention of restoring it to original condition. It took many years and house moves but I did it. The Beetle underwent a full restoration in VW Spares and after finishing the restoration on a Wednesday, it hit the ferry to the Volksworld Show in Esher, Surrey on the Thursday. It drove through the worst weather Wales had seen in years and was on display at the Volksworld Show. It drove back to Limerick and in total covered almost 1,000 miles. Not bad for a car that was off the road for 17 years!
A final UK drive was to Stanford Hall where it was on display. Again, a fabulous trouble free drive there and back.
GFI was featured in Volksworld Magazine and our own Irish Vintage Scene Magazine. It was also on the Irish Vintage Scene stand at the RDS classic car show in 2013
The Beetle now lives in Dundalk and is cherished by the new owner and his children. It is the one car I would buy back if I got the opportunity.
UPDATE 09-01-19: Courtesy of Darren O’Rourke of the Original Irish Facebook page. GFI-522 is one of 157 privately registered VWs in Tipperary North in 1965. Thanks Darren