9-10 October 2014

Offered from the collection of John Moir

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Lot 128

1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

  • Chassis no. 1075984

Sold for $4,950

36 SAE hp, 1,192 cc horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, kingpin front suspension with transverse torsion arms and upper/lower trailing arms, swing-axle rear suspension with trailing arms and torsion bars, and hydraulic four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5 in.

  • Offered from the collection of John Moir
  • Owned by the Moir family since new
  • Rare and desirable “small window” Beetle
  • Ready for restoration

Mr. Moir’s father, John A. Moir Sr., bought this Volkswagen Beetle new in 1956 and used it to drive to the train station on rainy days; it was also loaned to family guests who needed a car while in town. As Mr. Moir describes, “Dad bought the car in VW Grey and had trouble distinguishing it from all the other grey VWs until he got a foxtail to hang from the rearview mirror. No problem.” It was one of the final Beetles built with the interim single-piece “small window” in the rear, rather than the early two-piece window or the larger later one-piece pane.

The Volkswagen was Moir Sr.’s last new car, and after he was done with it, it was given to Mr. Moir’s brother, who gave it to his son. Somewhere along the line, it had some minor body damage, and the family decided that John Moir Jr. should take care of it. Thus, it has remained the ‘V’ in the A to Z Collection ever since and has been stored in the family barn. As presented, still with its “barn dirt” intact, it has some damage from storage and dust, but it is essentially complete and “all there,” and it would be a fascinating restoration project of a rare early U.S.-delivery Beetle. It is offered today from the only family that it has ever known.

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