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Genuine type 11e (LHD standard model with sun roof) built for the British Army of the Rhine and delivered to 151 Vehicle Company in Lippstadt Germany.

I have the full history on this car, every owner and what they did to it from its delivery to British Army in June 1952 to the present day. It's had a long and varied life with provenance and anecdotes to confirm so not 100% original anymore, wings and bonnet are later, but its a matching numbers body and pan car that's led a really interesting life and for me, thatís the joy of driving this old war horse.

It's had a body-off restoration starting 20 odd years ago so some panels although genuine VW are later model as early stuff wasn't available then. Deep Bronze Geeen paint is pretty flat and crazed but does buff up really well. It's completely rust free though, no issues.

*Engine is July 1955 NOS. only covered about 1500 miles!
*All five 16" wheels
*New wiring loom
*Original speedo pod with ultra rare military ignition delete and Hus steering lock.
*Cable brakes.
*working ribbed semaphores.
*Basket weave carpet.

Please do your homework. This is about as rare as it gets. There are around 7 early ragtop standard cars left, and probably only 4 of which are Military.

World wide shipping can be arranged from Southampton UK. Shipping to the US is around $2k

Please, please, please only serious buyers contact me.

I may also take a PX.

This 11E started rolled off the production line on 11th June 1952 as part of a special run of Standard beetles for the British Army still stationed in Germany after the war. They specified Deep Bronze Green paint, steering locks and in some cases a sun roof. It left the factory on 16th June and was delivered to 151 Vehicle Company in Lippstadt, North Rhine-Westfalia. Where it would have served as a Staff Car or possibly Military Police.

After 4 years of service it was shipped back to England, registered SLB99 and put up for sale where it was spotted on a forecourt by an employee at the Aston Martin works. He owned the car for about 10 years and with the help of his apprentice maintained and modified the car to try and make it look less dated. By the early 60ís it was repainted indigo. Fitted with bright trim and hydraulic brakes. He almost cut the rear window too but thankfully changed his mind.

By the mid 60ís the apprentice was fully qualified Aston Martin technician and with a family on the way had to sell his sports car and get something more practical. He took on the beetle and continued to modify it. An Aston Martin wood rim steering wheel, 15Ē wheels enabled the new radial tyres to be fitted and a syncro gearbox. The garage supplying the parts declaring it was a straight swap. It wasnít but the Aston Martin tool room fabricated the conversion parts in the 11th hour to get it boxed up. Many a lunch hour spent on their test track apparently. It remained a faithful workhorse for many years but was by the late 70ís becoming very tired. The owner being a long time Spitfire fan (And still a world authority on the WW2 fighter planes, he has one in his garage!) exchanged the car for some Spitfire parts with army surplus supplier in London.

Quarter master at The Angel was a well-known supplier of all thing military. They were heavily into re-enactment events and the beetle was given some camouflage paintwork, jerry cans and Nazi Totenkopf (death's head) insignia on the engine lid. It stayed with them for some years and was eventually laid up after the owners death and forgotten. Those in the know still kept an eye on its location.

In the early 2000ís it was bought as a very sorry project with the intention of turning it into a ľ mile drag strip car. The SBL99 registration was sold separately and given the new number GAS 472. Renowned Restorer and performance engine builder Funkenblitz started work on the car, replacing all the rotten metalwork and fitting an 8Ēnarrowed beam. However the project stalled and it sat unfinished for a few more years.

I first bought this car in 2009 as a part restored project. Shell, floorpan and boxes of bits. The cars history had been forgotten and it was only when I scraped back the layers to reveal the original green paint. Not being a factory colour at the time, the clues started coming forward and the full history revealed thanks to the good people of thesamba forum. Other commitments foced me to move the project on to a Vintage VW and military enthusiast. He had all the time, knowledge and parts to complete the car, back to stock and on the road.

So now I have the car back again. Such an interesting vehicle. Iím returning some aspects back to original, like the cable brakes because I like their simplicity, and Iíll pick up some original wings when I get the chance, but Iím happy that not everything is original because I know who did what, when and why. Thatís just part of this cars story.

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