WARNING.— The person in whose name this vehicle is displayed may or may not be the current owner of the vehicle. Readers are warned, therefore, that this entry is not proof of ownership.
- Registration Mark
- NCI 410
- (a) Type:
- Type 1
- (b) Year:
- (c) Colour:
- Lofoten Green
- (d) Paint code:
- (e) Engine CCs:
- (a) Country of origin:
- (b) County first reg'd:
- (c) Current or last known location:
1200 Beetle Deluxe
At the end of October 1974 Cunningham’s of Portlaoise placed an order with MDL for two Beetles. They were to be finished in Lofoten Green (L61H) and were to be 1200 Deluxe models.
Assembled in mid November, this 1200 Beetle Deluxe was given a coat of Lofoten Green (L61H) as specified, the beige vinyl interior was installed and the new hubcaps placed in the boot before it was inspected and given the all clear to be sent to its dealer to be sold. Right behind it on the assembly line was the second 1200 Beetle Deluxe that Cunningham’s ordered. It was also finished in Lofoten Green and once inspected was cleared to be delivered to Cunningham’s also.
Fast forward to the start of December and both Beetles had arrived at Cunningham’s. They promptly had their PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection) and were registered to their new owners. This particular Beetle was registered locally in Laois with a CI registration on December 3rd 1974, just in time to collect the Christmas turkey and the presents!
Both Beetles were only one digit apart on their chassis numbers but we do not know where the second one is. As this register grows it’s very possible we’ll find it.
As it sits today NCI 410 hasn’t changed too much in looks. The original chrome bumpers have been changed for painted black bumpers from a Base Model or 1200N Beetle. It has also had some repair work over the years to keep it on the road but right now it is in need of a full restoration. It’s a great base for that as it’s complete and running perfectly.
It had been seen around the Charleville area of Cork for a short while and most recently it was traded in against another classic car in Mr. D’Arcy’s Classics in Dublin. As Mr. D’Arcy’s do not usually deal in restoration projects it was decided that the Beetle would be sold to an enthusiast who might take on the restoration themselves and that’s exactly what happened. Enda reported that NCI 410 sold within a few hours of being listed for sale and the happy new owner from Wicklow is looking forward to working on this Beetle that he bought for his girlfriend. We wish them both all the best with the restoration and hopefully we will be able to update this listing with some photos of NCI 410 back on the road again very soon.
As a side note, if you’re in the market for a new classic car or perhaps you want somewhere to safely store your own pride & joy then you couldn’t do any better than getting in touch with Mr. D’Arcy’s Classics. Check them out on www.mrdarcysclassics.com