The term “barnyard finds” attracts attention again and again – and meanwhile also for a substantial increase in value. But not every original and patinated vehicle is to be called a “barnfind”. Many vehicles were also operated for a very long time and turned off at a certain time. So to say a long winter sleep.
This was also the case with the Volkswagen pretzel beetle, which was recently auctioned at RM & Sotheby’s auction in Paris and reached a proud 58,250 euros.
The Volkswagen Beetle is certainly a cult vehicle. It moved masses and was built between 1938 and 2003 around 21.5 million times. For some, it is even a political statement. But one of the Beetles was quite certain – a mass production car of which countless copies are preserved still today.
The auctioned Volkswagen pretzel beetle was one of the last vehicles that ran from 1952. The beetle was delivered to the Swedish Volkswagen dealer Scania Vabis. The first owner Anton Jannson in Soderby-Karl (near Stockholm) had the vehicle until 2014 in the first possession. Dangers became the beetle of him until 1963. Then Jannson turned off the Volkswagen and put it into a long winter sleep. After almost 50 years, the beetle was carefully reanimated. The engine was gently brought back to work. All components were complete and still functioned as new.
The beetle had 77,000 kilometers on the speedometer before its revival. Everything was still there, even the original tools, a suitcase and also the roof rack and the ski holder at the rear. Even the original wooden skis from the 50s of the previous owner were still on the vehicle.
Surely there are many better preserved specimens of the Volkswagen beetle on the market. But the patina and the living history of such a specimen make vehicles so valuable.