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1955 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic

Volkswagen Beetle - Classic 1955 technical specifications

Condition: Used
Item location: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Make: Volkswagen
Model: Beetle - Classic
Trim: Deluxe
Year: 1955
Mileage: 161
VIN: 1-0815633
Color: L55 Maroon Red
Engine size: 36hp
Number of cylinders: 4
Transmission: Manual
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Immaculate 1955 Volkswagen Beetle Body Off Restoration
Drive away today in 1950s History

For sale is an immaculate body off restoration of a 1955 beetle. The time has come for you to own this rare piece of history. This beetle has been restored to near perfect original quality. 1955 was a pivotal year for VW, on August 6th 1955 the one millionth beetle was produced. During this time major changes were happening to the beetles body and components to reflect the 1956 and later beetles seen today. The most well known and valuable one being the egg tail lights which were only produced for 3 months for the 1955 beetle! (Oh yes this beetle has the original ones).
Extreme dedication was taken to make this into a period correct beetle that anyone would be proud to own. The car originally came out of the Arizona desert and has matching numbers for the body and pan. I even have receipts for everything which I will include in the sale!

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Beetle information:
1955 Volkswagen Beetle- Vin 1-0815633 making it one of the earliest 55’s in January, with matching body and pan. Title is Clear and in my name. Only 161 miles on the beetle since restoration!

Exterior: The exterior has been done beautifully with one of VW’s most rare colors L55 maroon red which is an early 1950s color. You will not find many beetles with this color because the color formula is incredibly difficult to find which in turn makes this beetle a showstopper. If you don't believe me you can go to your auto paint store and ask for L55 maroon red. This restoration was completed only 6 months ago so everything was restored or replaced to period correct specifications. From the paint to the interior, brakes and engine is either new or like brand new. The pans are all original as well as the heater channels of the beetle which both required minimal work. All new gaskets were used from Wolfsburg West which is the premier quality parts distributor. The egg tail lights are original with the VW stamp which are selling for over $1000. It has the early style 4-tab hood and square gas tank with the correct gas cap. Being a semaphore car I scoured the country to find original ones that were in mint condition and are selling for over $1,000...crazy I know! The tires are Coker Classic white wall radial tires giving it a smooth ride. You can drive it to the store or win shows all the time, as my most recent win at the Bug Blast 2016. This beetle is well known in the VW community especially on the Vintage Volkswagen Club of America where pictures were posted throughout the build. I am selling my beetle since I will be attending graduate school next semester.

Interior: Going with the period correct styling, I was able to obtain the interior from Lenny at West Coasts Classics who imports from Germany the same material that was in the early Beetle when it was new. The seat material is called Strifen Braun cloth, headliner is the original German cloth, and going above and beyond the the carpet is the German square weave. The steering wheel and original horn button are in amazing shape and wheel has been painted to match the seat frames. Much detail was taken as you can see.The interior panels have been also been beautifully done.The interior alone costs $4,000 not including having the original split window seats that are going for $2000 for a nice complete set if you can find them. I have been building beetles for some time now and did the upholstery work with the high density foam under for durability and comfort.
Engine/Trans: The engine is a period correct 36 hp that has been fully cleaned and then rebuilt using the top quality parts from Wolfsburg West. Transmission is the original style split case and works perfect. Has new clutch and bearing. So going through engine parts it has all new cylinder rings, crank bearings, valve guides and new valves, gaskets, points etc. All tins professionally painted in black and cleared. I even upgraded to the 019 distributor to improve performance, these distributors are also a desired item because of their durability and extra power when used in the VW busses. The muffler is also original with the VW stamp. The wiring is also new from Wolfsburg West and I stayed with the original 6v system.

What Beautiful Design

The much desired oval window, W deck Lid, and Egg tail lights

Original VW headlights

What Shine!

Period correct color lens and VW stamp

36hp engine fully rebuilt, Rare strap air cleaner, and Big nut pulley

Of Course the correct VW stamp single tip muffler

Perfect wiring as it was originally, 1950s only square gas tank

Never replaced original vin plate that matches the pan!

WOW--German cloth and that color combination

Perfect Batwing steering wheel and the clear needle speedometer

German square weave carpet

WOW--Carpet brackets are always missing. Not here!

German Cloth Headliner

True body off with new pan gasket

All new brake lines and shocks

Perfect pan

So clean

WOW! What a beautiful beetle :)

I have spent many hours of time and money to make this one of the most beautiful 1955 beetles in my opinion. I know whoever buys this beetle will enjoy it as much as I have. The pictures don't even do it justice, more beautiful in person. I am willing to answer any questions or send you more pictures and can be reached at (570) 578 - 6766. The car can be seen at any time for those who are serious. With any restored classic car that is over 60 years old it will require general maintenance and care. It is sold as is, as it appears in the pictures and has been described to the best of my ability as a VW enthusiast. It is for sale locally / may sell off ebay if this occurs. I reserve the right to end the auction if sold. Lets work out shipping!
Thank you and call with questions!
Joseph Gentle
570 578 6766

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