Very Original Survivor
Well Documented History
VIN # 4711xxx**
22,100 Original Miles
Turkis/Turquoise Green (L380) on Silver Beige Leatherette
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Clean and Clear California Title
Mostly Original Paint/No Accidents/Very Dry
California Yellow License Plates
Offered at $31,990
Volkswagen built millions of Beetles over their incredible 70-year life span. It is probably the most iconic and recognizable automobile ever built. Much of their success is due to the facts that they were not only affordable, but also very well built. This combination helped spread their success into nearly every country in the world. Despite their popularity, finding original survivors is becoming increasingly difficult. Yes, these cars were loved, but they were not usually coveted. They were driven and driven and driven. The chance to experience an original Beetle very much the way it was delivered new over a half-century ago is a treat that I cherish.
This VW was delivered new on July 5th, 1962 to a Mr. W.C. Brockmeier of Harrington Kansas. He bought it from his local VW dealer, Holiday Motors in Salina, Kansas. It was equipped with the following factory options:
- Leatherette in Silver Beige
- Passenger assist grip
- Windshield washer
The total MSRP was $1,710 plus the dealer installed antenna.
Mr. Brockmeier didn’t drive the car much but did service it at least yearly at the selling dealership. He passed away in 1987 and his estate sold the car on June 22nd, 1987 to a Mr. Rod Barnes of Lawrence KS. Mr. Barnes kept the car for nearly a decade before selling it on June 20th,1995 with 15,453 miles to a Mr. Jack Jewel of Baldwin City, KS. Mr. Jewel kept the car until October 29th, 2001 when he sold it back to Mr. Barnes with 18,482 miles on the clock. The car was then sold on July 16th, 2007 to Kevin Jeannette with Gunnar Porsche Racing of West Palm Beach, FL. A year later, he traded it to Kerry Morse in Southern California. Morse and his girlfriend planned on picking the bug up from Jeannette after the 12 hours of Sebring race and then drive it back across country to Southern California. They planned to stop along the way to visit significant Blues locations and absorb the culture. However, there were some last minute changes and they ended up doing the journey in an Audi Q7 TDI. The VW was safely shipped across country via enclosed carrier. This story is available via September 2008 European Car Magazine article written by Morse:
When Morse received the car, it was pretty much the way it was sold new to Mr. Brockmeier (see pic of original owner with car). Besides normal service items and two fenders repainted, it was very original all the way down to the tires it was wearing when it left Wolfsburg. He nicknamed the car, Gumby.
During this bug’s lifetime with these owners, it was always well cared for and properly stored. It was never abused or modified and, based on condition, never driven in poor weather. We have many receipts and stamps in the service booklet dating back to new. Most of the services appear to be routine and regular maintenance items.
On January 20th, 2016, Morse sold the car to the current owner. This owner is a long-time VW enthusiast who also happens to operate one of the top independent Porsche service shops in the country. One of his passions is low mile and original example air cooled VWs and Porsches. He has a keen eye for quality. Although he has only driven approximately 400-miles since purchasing the car, he has performed quite a bit of services to bring this Beetle to the next level. These include:
- Full detail by Mark Payne
- Restore original wheels in correct finish by Shane East (3-tone)
- New Vredestein Classic Sprint tires (correct OEM)
- 3-Point seatbelts for front from Wolfsburg West
- New clutch
- Brake overhaul by Jim of Jim’s VW Service:
- Wheel cylinders
- Master cylinder
- Flex Lines
- Major service
- New 6-volt battery
- Restored set of 5.5” wheels with new BFG whitewall tires (available for additional fee).
Basically, everything done to this bug was to make sure it is in top running condition, while also preserving its originality.
This Beetle is in spectacular survivor condition. It is clear that not only was it lightly driven, but it was properly stored and serviced. The paint looks great considering most of it is original (see pics of paint meter readings). It appears that the left front fender and right rear fender were repainted over 20-years ago due to some dents noted in a repair receipt. They have aged to a slightly different tone than the rest of the car. There is also a bit of touch up on the tip of the hood by the handle (see pic). The fender beading and side steps are all original and in their correct color. The glass appears to be original as well with no major blemishes. There are only a handful of tiny nicks/chips on the paint. The body gaps are excellent and it is clear that this bug has never been apart. The restored wheels look great and are wearing new tires and brakes. All the exterior light lenses are original and in excellent shape. All the exterior lights work as well. The brightwork is original with minimal signs of pitting. The dealer installed antenna has a slight kink in the base, which doesn’t allow it to go down any further than you see in the pictures.
The interior looks just as good and original as the exterior. The driver seat frame was repaired, but the original covers were carefully preserved and reinstalled. There are no tears or cracks on the seats. 1962 was the last year the Beetle received a mohair headliner. This example is in wonderful condition with no tears and only a few light water stains by the edges (see pics). The Door panels and carpet are original with minimal signs of wear. No one ever installed a radio and this example still retains its original and rare radio delete plate. The felt glove box cubby is also near perfect and original. The interior light does not work. The speedometer and gas gauges are original, work great, and have a warm patina to their faces. All the knobs, shifter, handbrake, and steering wheel/horn button are original.
The engine bay, trunk, and chassis are in equally nice and original condition as the rest of the car. The trunk wears its proper decals and badges as well as its original spare. The engine bay is tidy with original finish. The motor/trans was recently removed for service/clutch, however, it appears that neither has ever been opened before. All the correct and original components for the engine are present. The chassis is all original with no signs of repairs, corrosion, or any other damage. It is extremely dry with nice original floors, front pan, battery box, and rockers.
The best part of this survivor is the way it drives. The original key fits nicely into the ignition and turns with a satisfying click. The motor turns over easily on the first turn with no smoking or hesitation and holds an even idle. The acceleration is so smooth and effortless that it takes you by surprise. In fact, everything about the way this old bug drives feels tight and new. Even the click of the turn signal and the resistance from the stalk feels new. The shifter has a nice feel to it and it easily goes into the proper gear with little effort and no grinding or slipping. The brakes have a good initial bite with no fading. The steering is quite responsive with sharp turn-in and it also tracks straight. This is one of the best driving Beetles I’ve experienced.
California registration is paid through May of 2019
This VW comes with original keys (including spare with key number for re-ordering), original window sticker/MSRP sheet, original maintenance booklet, original quick guide booklet, many service receipts, copies of previous owner titles, previous owner photographs, original spare tire/wheel, jack, and tool kit.**Note: VIN and other numbers withheld to protect against fraud. All numbers including VIN, Engine, and color will be provided to serious buyers.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or email@example.com
This vehicle is sold “as-is” with no warranty, written or implied. In some cases, the vehicle does have the remaining factory warranty still in place and will be described above if that is the case. All taxes and fees are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the listed price. All vehicle sales will require a $65 document fee. The vehicle listed is described to the best of our ability. The information is based on our own research and statements made to us by the previous owner(s). To the best of our knowledge, the above information is accurate. We are not responsible for errors in our description of options or any other details. The above-mentioned vehicle is used and can be expected to show some wear and tear. It is not a brand new vehicle. We do welcome all local pre-purchase inspections on vehicles in order to verify condition.
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