Ovalbug
2010-02-02T06:18:01Z
Very interesting thread.....:d
Going slightly OT for a minute though, the talk of the first 1953 'batch' of 945 officially imported vehicles interests me as my own oval was delivered to VW Motors London in Sept of that year.
Does anyone have any info on how VW Motors actually sold these UK cars back in '53?
I'd always imagined the cars being sold in drips and drabs throughout '53, with the March cars being sold and then replaced by the April-built cars etc and so on.....
If this wasn't the case were the cars sold by the dealers to special order or were they all available to UK customers ex-stock?

:wink:
'63 Karmann Ghia RHD
'72 1302LS Karmann Cabrio RHD
Standard split
2010-02-02T09:48:23Z
Ovalbug wrote:

Very interesting thread.....:d
Going slightly OT for a minute though, the talk of the first 1953 'batch' of 945 officially imported vehicles interests me as my own oval was delivered to VW Motors London in Sept of that year.
Does anyone have any info on how VW Motors actually sold these UK cars back in '53?
I'd always imagined the cars being sold in drips and drabs throughout '53, with the March cars being sold and then replaced by the April-built cars etc and so on.....
If this wasn't the case were the cars sold by the dealers to special order or were they all available to UK customers ex-stock?

:wink:



I believe that Colbourne Baber, VW dealers in Guildford, Surrey (still there) were among the first official VW dealers in 1953. They started reconditioning and selling used VWs bought over by ex-servicemen in the late '40s, LHD of course :wink:



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Rattletrap
2011-01-21T19:09:20Z
Here's a very interesting photo; this is MRT 308 being unloaded onto UK soil at Dover, April 1952 – a new right-hand-drive Volkswagen.:thumbup:

So, VW Great Britain, this pre-dates your first batch of right-handers in 1953.:p
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Rich Oakley
2011-01-21T19:34:02Z
Rattletrap wrote:

Here's a very interesting photo; this is MRT 308 being unloaded onto UK soil at Dover, April 1952 – a new right-hand-drive Volkswagen.:thumbup:

So, VW Great Britain, this pre-dates your first batch of right-handers in 1953.:p



Great pic John. Where did you get it from?
47 Beetle, 56 UK Karmann Cabriolet, 56 UK Beetle, 57 UK Type 2, 59 UK Beetle, 66 UK Fastback.
Rattletrap
2011-01-21T19:40:21Z
A worker within the VW factory in 1952 a Rudolf Mez, retired to Canada back in 1979. I managed to trace him, he was a great guy and sent me everything he had and knew about MRT, including some fascinating photos.:beer:

See my post about him on the lower part of page 1.

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Rattletrap
2011-02-08T19:03:13Z
Here's a real treat. MRT 308, brand new in the UK and just registered, seen here with the proud new owners (April 1952).8)
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59 Ragtop
2011-02-08T21:24:03Z
Mike Peckham
2011-02-08T21:58:27Z
yes, great pic. Do you know where it was taken? Would have been great to take the car back there and set the scene up again.

I love that sort of provenance with a car - early photos are a real treasure!

Mike
July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Rattletrap
2011-02-09T09:52:02Z
59 Ragtop wrote:

Great pic8)


Thanks:!:

Mike Peckham wrote:

yes, great pic. Do you know where it was taken? Would have been great to take the car back there and set the scene up again.

I love that sort of provenance with a car - early photos are a real treasure!

Mike


Walberswick, Suffolk, Mike. MRT is a bit like having our own VW38. I used to show that car everywhere, always very popular.

I'd love to have it back. Be nice for it to be back on the scene.8)
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GKL 7
2011-02-09T18:06:23Z
Rattletrap wrote:



I'd love to have it back.




Is it still with Fred?Contact him,you just never know.
Thats who owned my old cabrio,and he sold that.
Rattletrap
2011-02-09T18:24:00Z
Originally Posted by: ' 

Is it still with Fred?Contact him,you just never know.
Thats who owned my old cabrio,and he sold that.


Email just gone off to him George…

I'm having my house valued tomorrow, and the Tatra has gone in the 'Motoring Expand and Fart' :unsure:

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GKL 7
2011-02-09T18:27:39Z
Rattletrap wrote:

Email just gone off to him George…

I'm having my house valued tomorrow, and the Tatra has gone in the 'Motoring Expand and Fart' :unsure:




I see,so you really meant.....
I wish i could have it back at the price i sold it........Er!OK:bored:
Rattletrap
2011-02-09T18:35:09Z
Originally Posted by: ' 

I see,so you really meant.....
I wish i could have it back at the price i sold it........Er!OK:bored:


:?: :?
Be nice, wouldn't get an Oval project for that today.
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Running nifty since 1950… the King of Volkswagens:beer: Why not make friends with this famous little VW – he's on facebook!
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59 Ragtop
2011-02-09T22:06:20Z

Indeed, buy it back. :wink:
55Kab
2011-02-10T06:09:47Z
59 Ragtop wrote:

Indeed, buy it back. :wink:



x2

Do it!

Rattletrap
2011-02-10T11:45:37Z
59 Ragtop wrote:

Indeed, buy it back. :wink:


The email went, the house is up for sale and I'm awaiting his reply…:roll:


Rattletrap – the Volkswagen Beetle that has covered an incredible mileage equivalent to over 35 times around the planet :omg:
Running nifty since 1950… the King of Volkswagens:beer: Why not make friends with this famous little VW – he's on facebook!
:d
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GKL 7
2011-02-10T14:36:59Z
Rattletrap wrote:

The email went, the house is up for sale and I'm awaiting his reply…:roll:




What's Fred's e-mail add John,if he's selling cars,i'll have his Heb.
Steady Rob,i was first:wink:
Rattletrap
2011-02-10T14:39:55Z
Originally Posted by: ' 

What's Fred's e-mail add John,if he's selling cars,i'll have his Heb.
Steady Rob,i was first:wink:


Doesn't he have a KdF Wagen too, George.:sneaky:

Rattletrap – the Volkswagen Beetle that has covered an incredible mileage equivalent to over 35 times around the planet :omg:
Running nifty since 1950… the King of Volkswagens:beer: Why not make friends with this famous little VW – he's on facebook!
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GKL 7
2011-02-10T14:41:53Z
Rattletrap wrote:

Doesn't he have a KdF Wagen too, George.:sneaky:




Yep
And a Kuble and a swimm.
Rattletrap
2011-02-10T14:42:59Z
Originally Posted by: ' 

Yep
And a Kuble and a swimm.


Mmm… a serious player here.:unsure:

Rattletrap – the Volkswagen Beetle that has covered an incredible mileage equivalent to over 35 times around the planet :omg:
Running nifty since 1950… the King of Volkswagens:beer: Why not make friends with this famous little VW – he's on facebook!
:d
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