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Last few VW Beetles available in Ireland

Wednesday, 29th August, 2018 4:43pm

It was shortly after the first post-war Christmas 1945 that the first of the Volkswagen Type 1 – the model which, as the Beetle, would subsequently be sold more than 21 million times – rolled off the production line.

The Beetle was a crucial factor in the development of democracy and mobility in post-war Germany, and subsequently found a home in many other countries, acting as an essential ambassador in promoting a positive image of Germany.

Here in Ireland, the Beetle was assembled from 1950 to 1977 and was priced at £465 when it first went on sale. A deal was struck in 1949 when Motor Distributors Limited, founded by Stephen O'Flaherty secured the franchise - with the agreement eventually signed off on 22 June 1950.

And on 7 September 1950, the Irish Press announced that ‘the 'People's Car’ or Volkswagen to be assembled in Dublin from the end of this present month.

It went on to add that “so far it has not been possible to determine the exact retail price but it is expected to be in the region of £450”. It would go on sale at £465.

Production of the Beetle has now ceased, but there is still a chance for some Irish buyers to get their hands on the model before it's too late, with a limited supply across Volkswagen retailers - priced from €25,350.

The Beetle Design is available with a 105 hp 1.2 litre TSI petrol engine with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. Alternatively, buyers can choose a 2.0 litre TDI with 110hp with a five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG.

The Beetle R-Line is available with more powerful engines. The petrol offering is a 1.4 litre TSI putting out 150 hp via a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. Moreover, the 2.0 litre TDI diesel in the R-Line version puts out 150hp.

Prices for the R-Line specification start from €30,395.

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