1952 Volkswagen Beetle “Split Window”

  • Sold For: $54,900
  • Stock Number: 180606
  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Model: Beetle
  • Transmission: Three-speed Manual
  • Miles: 45,977
  • VIN: 10266025
  • Title: Clear

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1952 Volkswagen Beetle 

  • Very rare and highly desirable “split window” Volkswagen; final year for split rear window
  • Has certificate of authenticity from Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen
  • A true “time capsule” experience
  • Owned and lovingly cared for by Norbert Scholz from 1960 to 2007 or 47 years!
  • Base model “Standard” as original in Pearl Grey (code L21)
  • Original style German interior by West Coast Classics
  • 46,xxx original miles and only 165 miles added since restoration, on an actual mile Arizona title
  • Original 25 hp, air-cooled 1.1L flat four-cylinder engine with “T” air cleaner, “D” regulator, etc.
  • Lever shocks, cable brakes and three-speed manual transmission as original
  • Verified with GPS; speedometer accuracy up to 71 mph
  • NOS three-spoke “standard” steering wheel and horn button
  • Hella headlights and VDO gauges
  • Dual filament tail/brake lights installed for safety
  • Ribbed semaphores
  • New Firestone blackwall tires
  • California “Black Plates” included
  • Documentation includes original owner’s manual and VW “birth certificate,” various maintenance paperwork, a photo album of the restoration and a tool roll

Classic Volkswagen fans, MotoeXotica Classic Cars has a rare treat for you – a 1952 VW Beetle “split window” model. Nineteen fifty-two was the final year for the now rare and highly desirable split window model. If you’re looking for a true “time capsule” experience, you don’t want to miss this car! The previous owner had the car meticulously restored back to original standards with a rebuilt engine, brakes, and suspension!

Built on July 9, 1951 in Germany; it left the factory on July 18. It left with the following options – chrome-plated bumpers, hubcaps, outlet pipes, front indicator lights, tank cap and door handles, trim strips, passenger sun visor, larger reflector in brake light and a speedometer marked in miles per hour.

Norbert Scholz owned and lovingly took care of this car from 1960 to 2007 – 47 years! This is a “Standard” model as original in Pearl Grey (code L21) with an original style German interior from West Coast Classics.

This car’s paint and trim are nearly flawless; this car looks simple and elegant; even the wheel covers are Pearl Grey. The windows on this Bug are in overall very good condition, however the driver’s side rear side glass has a blemish, but original to the car. The car’s lights are clear and haze-free, including the fantastic Hella headlights and dual filament tail/brake lights installed for safety. Straight and solid describes this car’s bodywork including the ribbed semaphores, the engine bay is quite tidy and the cargo area up front looks great. The car’s chrome bumpers look as good as the rest of the exterior.

This Bug rolls on new Firestone Deluxe Champion Gum-Dipped tires, size 5.60-15 at all four corners and as mentioned, each tire is wrapped around a steel wheel topped by Pearl Gray full moon wheel covers.

Out back is the rebuilt original 1.1L flat four-cylinder engine breathing via a single tailpipe. The engine has the “T” air cleaner and the “D” regulator. Buttoned to the motor is a three-speed manual transmission, along with lever shocks and cable brakes.

Inside, the aforementioned original German style interior from West Coast Classics is overall excellent condition. The grey front buckets and rear bench seat are in excellent shape, as is the carpet, headliner and new old stock (NOS) three-spoke steering wheel and horn button. The instrument panel, with its VDO gauges and inner door panels are all in fantastic conditions. This is an audio delete model. Using global-positioning sensors as verification, this car’s top speed has been measured at 71 miles per hour.

Changes for 1952 included – crankshaft end play adjusted by 3 shims; tire size changes from 5.00×16 to 5.6×15; six leaved torsion bars increase suspension travel; new instrument panel from October; 26PCI (or 28PCI?) carburetor in late ’52; transmission has three synchro gears (second, third, fourth) replacing old crash box; window crank reduced from 10 ½ to 1 ¼ turns; vent windows; vent flaps in quarter panels discontinued; rotary heater knob introduced; T-type engine lid handle introduced; two brake/taillights replace single unit; interior light moved to left side door pillar; bigger, stronger bumpers; self-parking wipers; crank starter hole discontinued on all models; widened body side trim; oval horn grill to front; and redesigned “Pope’s nose” number plate light.

During this period, many changes were made throughout the vehicle beginning with the availability of hydraulic brakes and a folding fabric sunroof in 1950. The rear window of the VW Beetle evolved from a divided or “split” oval, to a singular oval. The change occurred between October 1952 and March 1953. Beetles built during this time were known as a “Zwitter,” or “hybrid,” as they used the split-window bodyshell with oval-model chrome trim, vent windows and dashboard.

Documentation includes original owner’s manual and VW “birth certificate,” various maintenance paperwork, a photo album of the restoration and a tool roll plus California “black plates.” Competition to this VW in 1952 included the Allstate, the Crosley and the Henry J.

So, if you’re in the market for an early 1950s Volkswagen, if you’re a German car collector or you just like to buy classic cars that are a little off the beaten path, visit MotoeXotica Classic Cars soon. We predict this one won’t linger long.

VIN: 10266025
EIN: 02114133

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 45,977 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

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Asking Price: $54,900 Miles: 45,977 VIN: 10266025
Year: 1952 Make: Volkswagen Model: Beetle
Title: Clear Warranty: No Condition: Used
Options: Engine: 1.1L Flat 4 Transmission: Three-speed Manual
Body: Sedan Doors: 2 Stock Number: 180606
Lot Number: Exterior: Pearl Grey Interior: Grey
Call Motoexotica: 636-600-4600 Ebay Listing: View on Ebay Sold to:

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