1957 Volkswagen Beetle

Oval-Window Sedan
Mecum Indy 2022
Friday, 13 May - Saturday, 21 May
Sale Price
$50,000 - $60,000
Est. Range
19 May 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Recent restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 1464726. Polar Silver over red vinyl piped in white. 4-speed, folding black cloth sunroof, rear window blinds, teakwood luggage rack, two-tone wheels with hub caps, Firestone whitewalls, dual wing mirrors, flower vase, original Blaupunkt radio, VDO clock, banjo steering wheel.

Evaluation: Excellent paint and chrome. Clean, straight body. Fantastic interior. Clean and fully redone underneath. Scratches on the original headlight covers are the only real flaw. Fitted with all the charming period goodies and restored to super high standards for a Beetle, even an early oval window car. It’s the best VW in Indy.

Bottom Line: Beetles make great first classics. They’re simple, plentiful, fun, and they have a huge following. Up until fairly recently they were dirt cheap, too, but that’s changed in a big way over the past few years. And this car is a perfect example of that. Three years and 10 miles ago in Kissimmee, it sold for $42,900. That was a huge result at the time, and a $60,500 final price in 2022 is similarly top of market.

by Andrew Newton
27 May 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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