1953 Volkswagen Beetle



  • Very early (June ’53) Oval, German domestic market example with lots of unique details


  • Excellent, sympathetic restoration in the early 2000s


  • Desirable, correct 25hp engine



Restored in the early 2000s and purchased by its current owner in 2008, this Beetle is an excellent example of a very early “Oval Window” sedan. The official VW heritage certificate lists the car as a German-market delivery with a production date of June 26th, 1953, roughly three months into Oval production. Resplendent in what appears to be its original Sahara Beige color scheme, this car is a rare, worthy addition to any VW collection.


The Beetle’s exterior shows very well and is indicative of a professional, sympathetic restoration. Glossy Sahara Beige paint is finished to a high standard, complemented by good chrome and a wonderful period-correct roof rack. Loads of fun, intricate details set these early cars apart, including the whimsical semaphore indicators (working well and a joy to use), the contrasting tone wheels with domed, chrome hubcaps, and correct early taillights mounted low on each rear fender. European plates complete the look, along with the obligatory “D” country plaque mounted to the rear bumper. 


In the engine bay a correct 25hp engine is present, dating from May of ’53. While there are no official records deeming it a matching numbers unit, it certainly is very close in terms of production. A tidy build, the motor starts readily and punches above its modest power output, complete with that unmistakable air-cooled sound. In dry storage for the last several years, the car underwent a comprehensive servicing this July, including a carb rebuild, fuel and electrical system overhaul, and a fresh battery. The four-speed transmission is tight and fun to use, with a light, precise clutch, while the brakes are solid and responsive. 


Inside, the cabin is a true time capsule, with yet more interesting details exclusive to these early Ovals. The correct push-button start, European gauge, and bezel-less ashtray are all intact, along with a working period-correct radio. All seats are free of sagging or tears, though there are some light stains on the interior upholstery. Above, correct headliner is tight and unblemished, with a working dome light and woven handles. At some point a “banjo” style steering wheel replaced the original two-spoke item, it shows mild wear but blends nicely with the rest of the interior. Up front, a correct spare wheel and complete tool kit tuck away under the large, curved hood.


Available immediately on NY paperwork and located in our showroom, call (914) 402 5799 or email info@midcenturymotoring.com for more information.