1946 Beetle, Genuine!

1946 Beetle, Genuine, CCG Delivered, Matching Body and Pan, Rare Car!

Holy Grail Garage is proud to offer this true slice of Volkswagen history in this authentic 1946 Beetle.  1946 marked the first full year of production as the newly formed "Volkswagen" automobile company with the mega rare earlier examples being of the KdF production.  This example has been verified via its Birth Certificate from Volkswagen and has been off the road since Gerald Ford was the president of the United States!  

The car was originally purchased by a US military serviceman who owned it for many years.  It seems that the original engine must have had a rod through the case long ago and it went into hibernation for many years.  After he passed away, the estate donated the Beetle to a large vintage car museum back east.  They had a strong focus and love for American cars and never prioritized the revival/restoration of this car into their schedule, so sold the car on to a Volkswagen collector back around 2011.  The car has remained in advanced collector hands since and has gained a few of the special pieces it was missing as well.

Some of the many cool and interesting details to note include:

*Manufacture date of October 15, 1946
*Delivered to CCG on November 15, 1946
*3 registered owners since new
*Clear Title
*Body and Pan are original as confirmed by Birth Certificate from Volkswagen, Round Jack Hole Pan
*Front Beam and Full Crashbox Transaxle are matching and original Cable Brakes are intact
*1946 Engine is complete and very correct, not original-to-the-car but appropriate
*3 of 4 Fenders seemingly original-to-the-car, right rear was replaced
*Quality reproduction Running Boards from Virtanen
*Very nice reproduction Front Apron and Spare Tire Well from Wolfe Parts, not welded in  
*Original Crank Hole Rear Apron
*Original and rare 5 Knuckle Doors and Door Glass
*Original Hood with L Handle
*Original early Stamped License Plate Triangle Decklid with L Handle
*Original 8 gallon Gas Tank with original Gas Cap and Fuel Petcock
*Correct Headlights for 1946, Double Eyebrow Lenses, East German production Lenses
*Correct and original Taillight Housings, nice reproduction Bulb Holders and Lenses
*Original early Riveted Pope's Nose License Light, missing Brake Light Lens
*Quality reproduction Banana Bumpers and Guards, original Bumper Brackets
*Original Bakelite Swirl Horn
*Original Door Handles inside and out, including Window Cranks and Escutcheons
*Original Seats Front and Rear, believed to be original upholstery, but you decide
*Reproduction Transaxle Inspection Cover
*Original Large Chicken Head Switch Speedo Pod and Speedo, original Huf Key, unhacked Stamped VW Logo Dash
*4 original Early 16 Inch Wheels
*4 original Nipple VW Logo Hubcaps
*Original Pedals and Pedal Pads
*Original Bakelite Dimpled KdF Shift Knob
*Original Football Mirror and Stem
*Original Quarter Windows
*Correct Original Ribbed Semaphores, Left and Right Specific
*Replacement Windshield and one Rear Window

The body is in far nicer condition than the average 70 year old Beetle as most are nothing more than the wasted DNA remains of what they once were.  This one has its fair share of bonks, dings, wobbles, small tears in the fenders, etc., but is largely intact with the vast majority of its original components.  The black paint is a worn amateur job from many decades ago but has a cool patina appearance that is very suitable for a ratty driver.  There are some areas with rust which include the passenger's door bottom, the rear luggage shelf, the gas tank pedestal, and the rear heater channels towards the rear torsion tube.  None of it is what I'd consider to be catastrophic and, quite honestly, here in California, most of it could be ignored, and the car could be enjoyed much the way it is.  The battery tray is even solid!  The car was hit in the driver's side long ago and has some damage to the front quarter and door area.  It had the typical functional style repair decades ago and could be redone to a higher standard depending upon your goal for the car.  A peek underneath shows some surface rusting but an original matching numbers pan that is way above average for a Beetle of this vintage.  

The interior includes the correct original seats, original early grooved 3 spoke steering wheel and Bakelite horn button, early stamped VW logoed dash with original early metal glove boxes, Bakelite rear dome light, early choke, heater knob, chassis number locations, early offset reserve lever position, and 5 finger rear window stamping, just to name a few!  It will need the door panels, rubber mats, and bits of carpeting, too.

Mechanically the car is a project, hasn't run in decades, will require a comprehensive revival, and is largely complete and correct throughout.  It features an incredibly correct but not-original-to-the-car 1946 engine, the correct and original full crash box transaxle, original front beam, original cable-actuated mechanical braking system, and a set of 4 early 16 inch wheels, too.  The engine spins and shows compression, the car rolls cleanly, and the front and rear wiring harness sections will need attention as they are crunchy and showing their 70 years of age!  

Overall this is truly a monster of a collectible Vintage Volkswagen that could very easily go in the direction of a ratty driver or would be a great base for an eventual complete restoration.  The ratty route would be doing some light welding, mechanical awakening, and cruise the car much the way it is.  If restoration is more your style this would certainly produce a quality and vastly original German sheet metaled car that is not only accurate but mostly the intact original unit rather than a Frankenstein cobbled from mostly replacement sections and bits from dozens of parted out cars.  Either way it's a rare opportunity to get such an early example as genuine 1946's sure don't surface often!  Thanks!


Please note that this super cool 1946 Beetle is located in Riverside County, California.

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Brendan Finn (858)366-2549

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