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1971 Volkswagen Beetle 'Rat Bug'


The Car

This little Beetle, known as Jelly Bug, has lead an interesting life during which it has had various 'looks'. The car started off blue (as far as we know) before being painted yellow when it was restored at some point before 1997 which included a new floor. The car then went to its current colour of beige which complements its 'rat rod' aesthetic quite nicely. This is certainly a car with both style and a good story, we love it and think that the new owner will too. 


The car comes with as fantastic history folder that contains a lot of MOTs that reach all the way back to the 70s, a large amount of invoices detailing the care and attention that the car has received over its lifespan and also photos of the car in various states and showing work carried out. Most interestingly in the history file is a letter from the Metropolitan Police dated 27th August 1975 confirming that after careful consideration the Police Commissioner would not be following up on an incident involving the vehicle just four days before, there is definitely an interesting story there!

Body & Paintwork

As befitting for a Rat Bug the body and paintwork of 'Jelly Bug' are far from perfect, there is rust and the paint certainly isn't glossy, though the car itself is actually solid and wants for little. The aesthetic of this car really draws the eye and helps in stand out from the crowd. It has the correct stance to make it look as mean as a Beetle could and a sweet roof rack that could hold whatever you liked (currently a spare wheel:. The car also comes with a pair of old briefcases that show great patina. The rear bumper also has lovely patina due to surface rust and really helps to complete the image. One of the headlight surrounds is rusty and adds to the car's character, along with other features.  There is some bubbling at points in the paintwork but nothing too severe, especially for a rat bug!

Interior Trim

The interior trim of the Beetle is in mostly good condition apart from the driver's seat which is quite heavily ripped, it would be up to the new owner to decide if this fits with the car's image or whether it is just a worn seat that needs recovering (there are plenty of options that you could change the fabric to if you so wished). There is what looks to be an original radio with cassette player which doesn't work, though who needs a radio when you have that lovely engine to listen to?

​Running Gear 

This Beetle drives better than most we have driven and is a great example for someone to experience the character that these cars represent. The engine revs freely and sounds great - its not a particular fast car but it certainly is involving. The car steers sweetly responds well to driver inputs. The brakes work well and stop the car in a straight line, and they're better than in a lot of other cars of this age and type. The gearbox is also in good condition with no notching and shifts smoothly. The car is listed as a 1302S though there appears to be references to larger engine in the MOT history and logbook.