Cold war patrol: 1949 Volkswagen Beetle


This 1949 Beetle was used by the West-Germany paramilitary units to patrol the post war borders in order to prevent any invasion attempt by russians. It was in active duty until ’56 and the definitely garaged in ’67.


A very rare specimen indeed: few are the pre ’50s Beetles but cars with special assignments like this is are scarce indeed, especially when found in unrestored state like this one is: it runs and drives but it is almost all original apart from, unfortunately, the engine which comes from a ’52.


The body has been scratched to make the original paint L21 Pearl Grey surface again: the seller says that the metal on this car is original as only the lower doors had rust problems but the floors were good when he found it. The best thing of this car are the Hella auxiliary lead jack mounted under the dash and the german pillar mounted searchlight. The front beam has been narrowed but the car comes with the original unit. Find it for sale at £29,950 (today $37,000) here in Salisbury, UK.

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