A rare 1959 Volkswagen Beutler 1.2, one of 28 examples produced so far, is set to go on auction in July and is expected to sell for between 80,000 and 120,000 Swiss francs ($ 81,000- $ 122,000).
At first glance, you might find Beatler an excuse to think of a sports car made of clay. However, it is actually built around the iconic Volkswagen Beetle and sports a completely unobtrusive exterior made from lightweight aluminum. It is larger than the Beetle, increasing in length from 4.07 m to 4.35 m. The beetle is also 5 cm wide from a beetle.
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The car was survived by brothers Fritz and Ernst Beatler and had a starting price of 14,950 CHF ($ 15,260). That’s a lot of money, especially when you consider that at that time a new Beetle could be bought for 6,490 CHF (6,624). The Beatler was more expensive than the 356 in a 1.2-day Porsche. Most of the 28 examples hold the standard Beetle engine and transmission but six of them were equipped with the more powerful 1.3-liter of the 356.
This particular example was re-ordered by VW Garage Herzig in Vevey, Switzerland and is finished in a light brown metallic color with a contrasting black roof and a beige interior. The car changed hands in the late 1990’s and was thoroughly recovered in the process that the body was removed.
During the Beatler 1.2 recovery the light brown metallic original shade was repainted while the roof was refined to dark brown. The two-tone interior was also re-trimmed and the mechanics were overhauled. The list claims that the recovery took an extraordinary 11 years and the car has rarely been used since.