to www.greenchilli.org. This website
is all about Vera, a 1500 1969 VW
Type 1 Beetle.
bought the Beetle, now known as Vera,
back on the 25th August 2006 from
a fellow member of the Harrogate and
District VW Club. My plan was to restore
her to a reasonable condition (nice
and clean) and to take her to lots
of shows, NECPWA and HDVWC events,
and to give her another 40 years of
use and most importantly to enjoy
for me a good friend of mine also
happened to be a very experienced
classic car enthusiast/restorer and
he carried out the mechanical work
for me - although he doesn't really
like working on VWs!
concentrated on the jobs that I could
easily do such as polishing, priming
and paying for things!
what has been Vera's story so far?
I obtained her VW Birth Certificate
from the Wolfsburg Factoy and this
tells me that she was built on the
17th January 1969 and left the Wolfsburg
factory on the 28th January 1969 with
a destination of England. I have checked
with the DVLA and she was first registered
on the 2nd June 1969. Where she was
during January and June I don't know
and I don't think I ever will do.
fitted with a 44 bhp 1.5 litre engine
and painted L60 Peru Green she is
now fitted with a 1.6 engine (AD coded
so made between 8/1970 to 7/1973)
and is now painted Selvasgrün
Green (LA6D a 1983 Golf colour) which
suits her so she won't be changing
in the near future.
I don't have much historical paper
work for her but I did get the sales
invoice from the Herbie Hospital in
Leeds when the second to last owner
purchased her on 21st January 2003
the pictures at the top of the page
were taken a few years ago and they
show Vera in a very favourable light.
In reality she needed quite a bit
of TLC (especially welding) before
she could apply for her MOT. To find
out how the restoration went click
on the Restoration
link at the bottom of the page.