It’s ‘Beetle mania’ this weekend at the NEC

When you think ‘fab four’ the Beatles immediately spring to find, but there is another kind of fab four taking centre stage on the 17th November when Silverstone Auctions host their classic car sale at The Footman James Classic Motor show.

These are a quartet of vintage VW Beetles, with the oldest collectible going under the hammer being a classic 1952 model with split window. Following a painstaking restoration in the US that lasted for 3 years, this model is now estimated to be worth between £20-£25,000.

Also from the same decade is a 1957 model in silver with blue interior and also the recipient of a lengthy restoration programme. Sporting the rare and desirable oval rear window, it is estimated at between £12,500 and £15,000.

Meanwhile, a 1970 version in striking grey has undergone a thorough rebuild and is ready to enjoy either as a show car or everyday transport. It is estimated at between £8,000 to £10,000 and is supplied with a full photo album documenting the restoration.

Last but by no means least is a 1971 model owned by just two people from the same family. Amazingly the longest single trip the car has ever done is a return trip from London to Wiltshire and its low mileage of 25,626 equates to just over 600 miles per year. It is being offered without reserve.

Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: “The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most iconic cars of the twentieth century so it’s great to have secured four fantastic examples for sale, especially as they have shown so well at previous auctions.”

The Silverstone Auctions sale is one of the highlights of the three-day NEC motoring extravaganza and all of the lots are available for viewing on 16th and 17th.

For further information about the Beetles on offer, or for any of the lots at the auction, plus how to register and bid at the auction, visit