Time-warp VW beetle heads to upcoming classic car auction


A classic Volkswagen Beetle that has covered just 90 km (55 miles) since it was registered in 1974 is to be offered at Silverstone Auctions' upcoming Classic Race Aarhus Auction in Denmark.

The exceptional model has had one owner from new, an elderly gentleman called Armando Sgroi who bought it from G. Terragni Volkswagen in the Italian city of Genoa, on January 23, 1974.

Sgroi only bought the car as a means of getting to church, but as his health declined so did the use the vehicle received, until finally in 1978 it was put in a barn and forgotten about.

After almost four decades, the Beetle was rediscovered and following a light recommissioning it is set to go on sale at the auction from May 28 – 29 with an estimate of €35,000 to €40,000 (£27,500 - £31,500).

Timewarp VW beetle to be sold at upcoming Classic Race Aarhus Auction

Timewarp VW beetle to be sold at upcoming Classic Race Aarhus Auction

The model's blue metallic paintwork and black leather interior are original, while the left-hand drive car is still wearing its very first set of tyres and boasts the original oil in the engine.

Included in the sale are the vehicle's original service books, invoices and tool kit.

Managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, commented on the classic German car: "The VW Beetle is one of the most successful and loved cars worldwide, and we're no strangers to them at Silverstone Auctions, but this one is a very special example and something we rarely see.

"With such an incredibly low mileage it is in virtually new condition, 42 years after it was first bought."