VEI 470

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Registration Mark
VEI 470
(a) Type:
Type 1
(b) Year:
(c) Colour:
Metallic Blue
(d) Paint code:
(e) Engine CCs:


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

Model information

1977 Beetle


Sadly in many ways the days of customising Beetles has gone as they are now becoming collector cars and people are reluctant to modify the bodies with wild metal work. It’s a shame really as it made up a huge part of the VW scene. Nowadays modifications are often limited to colour changes, lowered suspension and wheels.

The owner of this 1977 Sligo registered Beetle certainly wasn’t worried about affecting the value of their investment. For them, it was about making a statement and making their Bug stand out from the crowd.

We think they certainly achieved that with lots of trick modifications such as the shaved door handles, engine lid and bonnet handles, lowered suspension, one piece windows, tinted glass, earlier wings, engine lid, front and rear valance and the bonnet. The most noticeable mod was the ‘custom built’ script, that was welded onto where the rear vent once called home.

The graphics scream 1980’s but the Centreline rims look as good today as they did then. The owner painted the centres white. The interior didn’t escape either with a smoothed dash and modern sports seats replacing the original low back VW seat.

We’re not sure what motor was in this Beetle but we’d like to think it was at least a 1600cc engine and if not, the exhaust would have made up for any deficiencies in power by blasting thunderous roars out the back!

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