ZV 55269

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Registration Mark
ZV 55269
(a) Type:
Type 1
(b) Year:
(c) Colour:
Metallic Red
(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

No information provided


One thing we can be sure of is that this Bug looked nothing like this when it rolled off the production line in Germany. At some point in its life, and we think before it was imported from the UK into Ireland, it was somebody’s pride and joy and they certainly lavished love and attention on it. Joseph Purfield took these photos at the National Show Centre in Swords when he was looking at the cars going under the hammer at one of their classic car auctions.

Registered in the UK at the end of October 1969, this Beetle would have had upright headlights, tombstone rear lights, a shorter bonnet and stock rims but that was about to change.

The metallic red paintwork is gorgeous and really makes this Beetle stand out. We can only imagine what this Beetle looks like in the sunshine, especially with the array of new chrome such as the blade bumpers, wider pre-67 side trim, sloping headlights and the FUCH style rims. The windows have been tinted and the fly windows removed in favour of one piece glass in the doors. The running boards are colour coded and the bonnet has been replaced with the longer 6 volt version. The engine lid has also been changed for an older one to help bring about that pre-67 look.

When this ’69 Beetle was imported into Ireland it was first registered in County Leitrim but we believe you will now see it on the roads of County Cork.

Submitted by: Joseph M Purfield

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