Split-window Bugs are rare, and finding one that’s never been restored is unheard of. This European ’52 reportedly came out of a Belgian museum twelve years ago, which helps explain its unmolested state. The faded blue paint looks great against the dull chrome, and its glass and floor mats are original. In addition to fun and funky trafficators, the car sports quirky add-on rear reflectors and brake lights, per Belgian regulations.
Unlike most cars, Beetles have a reputation for not deteriorating under the stress of long storage, and it sounds like this one left the museum no worse for wear. The seller says, “everything on the car works” and calls it “a pleasure to drive.” Recent service items include a N.O.S. muffler, new correct tires and new battery. Tool roll, jack and English owner’s manual are included, along with the original French owner’s manual and dealer case.
Just 32 1938-1952 Volkswagen Beetles sold on eBay Motors in the past three years, with the best examples averaging $17k, compared with 4,834 later Beetles sold during the same period (and an average high of $10k). See the listing for this one here.