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- TZJ 716
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- Type 1
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1300 Beetle Deluxe
Ask any long standing VW enthusiast what the best model Beetle is and there is a strong chance they will tell you it’s a 1967 Beetle. Why? Well, this was the last of the 6 volt Beetles so it retains all the charm of the original Beetle while benefiting from almost thirty years of mechanical advances. It’s also full of one year only features that you and I may not spot. The engine lid, rear valance, the rear bumper, door handles, hubcaps and so on. It can be a nightmare to restore one but some see this as a challenge and relish the thought of searching high and low for that one piece of ’67 only dashboard trim.
This 1967 1300 Beetle was built in Ireland and finished in the oh so desirable black exterior with red interior. It just doesn’t get any better than that does it? It rolled off the production line in early May 1967 so is one of the last of this model because by September the new 12 volt, upright headlight model Beetle was released for the 1968 model year. Annesley Motors in Dublin was the dealer that proudly displayed this Beetle in their showroom before the first owner bought it and then had it registered in Dublin on May 30th 1967.
Fast forward to a beautiful sunny day in the summer of 2018 and we spotted TZJ 716 at an aircooled VW show in Avoca, County Wicklow. The Beetle looks very complete and original. It is undergoing a rolling restoration by its current owner who has already lowered it and fitted 5-spoke rims. We love the look of this Beetle with its faded paint that gives it a super patina, the lowered stance, the badge bar complete with period badges and of course the original number plates supplied and fitted by Annesley Motors way back in May 1967.
As you can see in the photos, the owner has a section of the rear gutter cut away for repair so this is not a quick spit and polish, this is a quality restoration that’s retaining much of the character and patina that this Beetle has collected over its lifetime. We can’t wait to see it finished so if you own this Beetle why not get in touch and let us know how you’re getting on.